The main factors to consider when starting a successful small business is you will need some sort of start-up capital. You will need customers and you will need to do some bookkeeping to track your income and expenses properly.
The first thing you will need to do is budget effectively in the beginning to ensure that you’re business is going to be able to survive the start-up period which is always the hardest period to go through as this will probably be the time when you will need to lay out a significant amount of money to get started and maintain your business but also probably the time when you will have the least amount of customers. A lot of small businesses will find themselves in trouble unless they have budgeted properly in the beginning in order to have enough working capital to sustain them through the difficult start-up period. Make sure you have budgeted enough to pay all your employees and suppliers or you could see yourself going bust before you have to time to get your organization off the ground.
Most likely one of the main ways you will get enough working capital to fund your business is by working for someone else for awhile in order to save the funds you will need to start your own business. A second way you will be able to get the funds you need to is acquire a business start-up loan from your bank. Essentially you will want to create a business plan that you will be able to bring in and show any potential lenders so they will be able to get a good overview of your business and the amount of research you have put into starting your business.
Acquiring and retaining customers is a key factor to your business success. A lot of time your customers will be your own friends and family and whoever you come in contact with that will listen to your sales pitch. Once you start your business you never know who might become your next long time customer so always is ready to try to sell your services to whoever you come across and at minimum put your business card into that person’s hand. Once you get a bit of a budget going you can look into advertising in your local paper, newspaper or TV as your budget grows.
The third thing you will need to keep a good handle on is the accounting and bookkeeping for your business. You will need this for tax time when it comes to filing your income tax and your records also become important when you want to apply for financing in the future as your past financial records will be one of the first things a potential lender will ask for when you apply for a business loan.
If you can get a handle on these three aspects of starting a business you will have a great chance of your business succeeding and lasting long enough to become profitable.