Starting a business could genuinely be one of the best things you’ll ever do, on both a personal as well as a career level. You’re no longer trapped in the rat race working for someone else's dream, you get to work for your own dream. You can be creative, think outside the box and have fun with it without the restrictions you’d have from working as an employee. And best of all, you don’t need a lot of money or experience to get started, great things can grow from a small home venture. But there are some things you’ll need to think about before taking the plunge. Here are some examples.
Improve your education
One of the best things you can do before starting out in business is to get educated. You could get a degree in management, business, leadership or accounting from an online school like New England College. You could teach yourself through podcasts, articles and Youtube videos. You could attend lectures, seminars and networking events for entrepreneurs to build your skills and knowledge. Anything you’re able to learn is a good thing, it gives you a foundation of knowledge to build from and you’re less likely to make silly mistakes.
Get your marketing right
One thing many smaller businesses can fail with is their marketing. Unfortunately this does require a large chunk of your budget, but it’s so worth it as without it you simply won’t get your name out there to your customers. Unless you’re an experienced marketer and really know your stuff, the best thing to do is to work with an agency. They will know how to advertise companies like yours, and which techniques from Google ads to blogger outreach will be the most effective. It’s a skilled job and not really something you can guess at. Get it wrong and you simply won’t attract enough customers to your business. So marketing is really important and something to budget for properly.
Crunch the numbers
Getting the daily numbers right can be a bit of a struggle when you run a home business, chances are you’re not a skilled accountant. However, they need to be exactly right, otherwise when it comes to tax time you might not pay enough and can land yourself in a lot of trouble. Use accounting software to track everything that comes in and goes out, that way when it comes to filing your tax return it will be quicker and easier. If you pay a tax accountant it will cost you less as all of the information will be accessible for them and take them less time to do.
Find the right employees
When you’re working from home, you won’t have a traditional workforce so to speak. Very few of us have the space or the facilities to have employees coming to our homes to work- and this day in age it’s really not necessary either. Instead, you can hire a remote workforce, either utilise freelancers to tackle regular or odd jobs, or hire employees on a contract basis to work for you remotely. Getting the right people for the job is always going to be important, and you’ll need to spend time creating a job ad then carefully going through cover letters and CVs of potential candidates. If you’re hiring from all over the world then setting up a face to face interview won’t be possible, but you can always utilise video calling such as Skype. This allows you to get a proper feel for each candidate, understand their personality and see them with your own eyes. Because you’re not limited to available candidates in your area, hiring a remote workforce enables you to hire based on talent without area restrictions. Just bear in mind things like time zones, if you’ve found the perfect candidate but they’re on the opposite side for the world, for example, have a think about whether that could work for you or if they’ll need to be available during the day. If you’re simply assigning work and letting employees do it by a set deadline then time zones won’t be an issue.