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Things To Know Before You Open a Small Business - Sophia Belnap - Blog

Things To Know Before You Open a Small Business

If you want to run a business, you may be tempted to start right now. But you should get some things in order before you launch, so keep reading to learn more.

What You'll Offer

First, you need to figure out what you'll offer, such as a physical product, digital product, or service. If you aren't sure what to sell, do some market research. That way, you can make sure there's a need for what you plan to offer before you start a whole business to try and sell it. You can look for gaps in the market regarding pricing, features, and other factors. Maybe you want to offer web design services, but there isn't much of a need at the price you want to charge. So you decide to sell website templates instead, and you can offer those at a lower price.

Who You'll Serve

As you think about your main offer, you should consider who your ideal customer is. Using the web design example, a web designer might target larger corporations with bigger budgets. Meanwhile, a website template designer can sell their template to individuals. Knowing who you want to serve helps you narrow down your product or service. You can ask the people you want to work with what they need or what problems they have. Then, you can make sure to choose a product or service that will get sales.

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Where You'll Work

Another vital thing to consider before you start a business is where you'll operate the business. In some cases, you'll need to buy or lease property. You can't start a restaurant or a retail store outside of your home, but you can sell things online from your house. If you sell services that you can render online, working remotely is a great option. But if you want to have a team, you may need to invest in an office or a coworking space. Alternatively, you can get video conferencing software so that you can hold meetings no matter where you work.

Who You'll Need to Hire

Some businesses are easy enough to start by yourself. You can work alone and offer design services or sell digital products without a team. However, if you want to start a restaurant, you will need to hire hosts, servers, cooks, and managers. Think about the people you need to hire to start your business. If you need to hire a lot of people, you can look for small business loans. That way, you won't need to dip into your savings or other accounts to get people to start working for you.

When You'll Open

The next thing you'll need to think about is when you will launch your business. If you have a brick-and-mortar shop, your launch date can depend on when you get all of your supplies in. That way, you can set the shop up to be ready for customers. On the other hand, you may be able to start an online business within a day or two. You can set up a website to list your services, and you can get a client or two right away. Other businesses can take more or less time to prepare before you open.

How You'll Run the Business

Before you open up for business, outline your standard operating procedures (SOPs). These are the things you will do in your business every day, week, or month. You should write down the steps you take to do different tasks.

That way, when you hire people, you can give them a copy of your SOPs. They can review the steps and keep the document on hand for their first week or two. You won't have to spend time training every new person, and you can make sure everyone does a good job.


Running a business can be a great way to make money. But before you start, think about some things to set yourself up for success.

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