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Top tips for making the most of your start-up company

Author: pmcindoe  |  Category: Business
Published: November 23, 2008

Starting up your own company is one of the most exciting ventures you can undertake. Having the flexibility to work from home, autonomy in the decision-making process and not answering to a boss are just some of the things you can look forward to. And with the right approach, your business can be very lucrative in its returns.

However, of the estimated 500,000 people that start up a new company in Britain every year, a large percentage do not succeed. Indeed, in the cut-throat world of business, competition is fierce whilst financial resources, especially for the smaller companies, are limited. So, what can you do to ensure your new start-up survives the market?

Obviously the initial business idea is of paramount importance. Not only does it need to be viable, but there has to be demand for the product and/or service you want to offer. In this way, it’s wise to focus your ideas on what people want.

By conducting some market research, it will be possible to ascertain what types of businesses already exist and how they deal with customers. In doing this, you will gain a clear picture of how others operate, as well as seeing areas that you could potentially improve on.

You will also need to create a company name. Finding an appropriate one is a crucial element in the success of your business, since it will form the basis of your brand. Remember to keep it simple, memorable and fitting for the type of business you’re setting up.

The next stage is to create a practical business plan. The key here is to clearly lay out what you intend the business to achieve, as well as how you expect a profit to be made. A strong plan will pay off in the long run by attracting the financial investment you require.

It’s also vital to consider having a web presence. Experts are predicting the future success of a company is now dependent on its online activity. And, with access to a global audience, in addition to 24 hour, year round contact with customers, it’s simple to see why.

Therefore, it’s important to ensure you have the right technology. A computer is clearly essential, but you will also need an adequate internet connection. Business broadband, which provides a quick, permanent connection to the web, is definitely a worthwhile investment.

Faster than the traditional dial-up accounts, it’s up to 100 times faster and doesn’t tie up the phone lines. It is imperative, however, that you choose a business broadband deal that is capable of supporting your business activities.

Furthermore, an effective website is also essential in capturing and retaining customers. Here design, content and structure are the main elements to keep in mind and it’s advisable to seek help when setting one up.

As it goes, starting your own company requires a lot of hard work, determination and patience. However, with a positive attitude and the right planning, it’s not impossible to turn your business dream into a working reality.

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

Author: pmcindoe

Paul McIndoe writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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