Everyone wants more visitors, more
qualified leads, and more revenue. But starting a business isn’t one of those
"if you build it, they will come" situations. In order to build a
successful company, you’ll need to create and fine-tune a business plan, assess
your finances, complete all the legal paperwork, pick your partners, research
apps for startups growth, choose the best tools and systems to help you get
your marketing and sales off the ground … and a whole lot more.
To help, I’ve put together a library
of the best free tools and resources to help you start selling and marketing
your business, and a complete guide on how to start a business. The guide
covers everything from the paperwork and finances to creating your business
plan and growing your business online.
to Start a Business
Starting a business involves a whole
lot of moving pieces, some more exciting than others. Brainstorming business
names? Fun! Filing taxes? ... Not so fun. The trick to successfully getting
your business off the ground is to meticulously plan and organize your
materials, prioritize properly, and stay on top of the status and performance
of each and every one of these moving parts.
From registering with the government
to getting the word out about your business to making key financial decisions,
here’s an overview of what you'll need to do to start a successful business.
Is a Business Plan?
A business plan is a living document
that maps out the details of your business. It covers what your business will
sell, how it will be structured, what the market looks like, how you plan to
sell your product or service, what funding you'll need, what your financial
projections are, and which permits, leases, and other documentation will be
At its core, a business plan helps you
prove to yourself and others whether or not your business idea is worth
pursuing. It's the best way to take a step back, look at your idea
holistically, and solve for issues years down the road before you start getting
into the weeds.
This post covers tips for writing a
business plan, followed by an outline of what to include and business plan
examples. Let's start with some basic, overarching tips before we dive in to
the details. Grab your free business plan template here and apply the practices
to Make a Business Plan
down what makes you different - Differentiate yourself from other
businesses in your space by considering what sets your business/offering apart.
it short - Business plans should be short and concise. Too much detail
isn't helpful in a business plan and will only distract and confuse
stakeholders. Instead, know these details, but keep them stored elsewhere.
flexible - Your business plan can and should evolve as you go. It's a
living, breathing document and should be treated as such.