Start a Small Business

Edited by Maria Sharon Ubando, Lynn, Robbi, Eng

Sharry checklist.jpg

Who would not want to own a business? Being an employee for life is not everyone's goal. For those who are well-motivated, it is preferable to work for a while, then save for a business in which they are interested. When we say business, you probably can't or don't need to jump into having a big corporation at once, unless you have the capital to do so. Great things start from small beginnings, they say. Most people have to start with thinking about what small business they would like to start with. If you have a few ideas, read on for some tips on how you can get started.

Was this helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Steps in Starting a Small Business

  1. 1
    Choose a business which is related to your interests
    It is a good idea if you engage in something that you enjoy. This way, you are not only earning money, but you are also having fun at the same time. Say, if you love to bake, why not run a small local pastry store or bakery?
    Sharry bizinterest.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  2. 2
    Be Open to Fresh Ideas
    It is not bad to start a business which is already existing, but it would also be nice if you introduce something new, like a new product or a service. You may want to ask friends and family for suggestions. As the saying goes, "Two heads are better than one." Always think outside of the box.
    Sharry fresh.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  3. 3
    Do your research
    In any business, may it be big or small, a feasibility study needs to be done. Check out the competition in the market. How many other businesses like yours are operating in the area? What are their marketing strategies? Where are they located? These are a few of the important things that you have to look into.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  4. 4
    Determine Your Capital Need
    When you have determined what business you would like to engage in, you should also ask yourself if you have saved up enough capital.
    Sharry capital.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  5. 5
    Set a Name
    One important thing to consider when starting a business is the name. The name should be catchy so people will easily remember it. This is also an easy, yet effective marketing strategy. Let out your creativity.
    Sharry bizname.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  6. 6
    Prepare proper documents
    Businesses require a permit to operate. Always make sure that you submit all the needed papers to avoid any hassle. Besides, you don't want to delay things.
    Sharry bizpermit.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  7. 7
    Manpower staffing
    Of course, a hands-on boss is good, but you will be needing some assistance in the business. When hiring, look for the skills of your prospective employees. You may also want to run a check, just to make sure that you aren't hiring people who could jeopardize your business.
    Sharry manpower.jpg
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help
  8. 8
    Do not stop learning
    Read business books or have a crash course on businesses so you will always be updated on the new business trends.
    Was this step helpful? Yes | No| I need help

Always be open to risk. Business can be a gamble; you may win or lose it, so it is important that you prepare for either.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.


VisiHow welcomes all comments. If you do not want to be anonymous, register or log in. It is free.

Article Info

Categories : Noindexed pages | Business & Management

Recent edits by: Robbi, Lynn, Maria Sharon Ubando

Share this Article:

Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 594 times.


Thank Our Volunteer Authors.

Would you like to give back to the community by fixing a spelling mistake? Yes | No