Create a Business Plan – Creating a solid business plan is the first step toward success in your business endeavor. A business plan can be your guide to keeping your business on track from obtaining funding to hiring employees to planning for expansion. Your business plan will help keep you focused on your goals and helps you figure out where your company is going, what it needs to succeed, and how it will overcome any potential difficulties.
Find the Right Location – Choosing a business location is perhaps the most important decision a small business owner or startup will make. Investigate possible sites looking at demographics, scoping the competition, staying on budget, and while reviewing local and state laws and taxes. The location should be consistent with the brand image you want to establish, and could ideally be near complementary businesses to generate traffic to your location. Employees should be able to easily access your location and live in close proximity. Perhaps you anticipate further growth and your space should have room to expand easily. Suppliers should be able to find you and the location should be in a low crime area so your employees will feel safe walking to their vehicles. And perhaps most importantly, will zoning regulations allow your business type to operate without impediments.