Are you ready to start your own small business?

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Have you ever wanted to start a small business? Is the thought of having your own business appealing? Do you have the time and energy to do this?

There are millions of small businesses from coast-to-coast.

All you need is a great idea and self-motivation to start your own business.

Before starting a small business you first have to ask yourself, “Am I ready to lead a lifestyle associated with running my own business?”

Early on, the time requirements can be quite daunting. The first step is to write a business plan that outlines what you are going to sell or provide, how you are going to make money, and the organizational structure of your business. You’ll then need to determine how you are going to fund your business, either through your own bank account or by getting a small business loan.

Once your business is set-up, you’ll need to market your business to attract new customers. There are a lot of low costs options, like email and social media marketing, which can help target potential customers. Hiring employees, administering payroll and accounting, and managing your cash flow are also important activities associated with starting a small business.

Understanding the competitive landscape in the marketplace, determining how you will compete, and creating a point of differentiation for your products and services will help you to succeed.

It’s not an overnight proposition to start your own business, but the sense of accomplishment when you are successful is very gratifying.

This article was published in the July 10 edition of the Forsyth Herald.