Creating vibrant and sustainable communities, entrepreneurs are the economic engine, creating the majority of jobs. Owning a successful business can lead to a pathway of empowerment and social mobility. And with the world that we live in today there has been a rise in new business creation especially online. Yet the odds are still against them when it comes to the success of the business.
Despite the rise in popularity, small business owners still linger on the myths and common misconceptions. And this is considered the root to why many of these start-ups fail. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur or an established business owner, seeking out advice for how a business valuation can benefit you and the value of your business. If you are starting a new venture and want to understand the industry pros and cons to increase the profitability and structure of your business, follow these simple tips.
Many businesses don’t take the time to properly plan the “why” of the business and how the future comes into play. Do you have an idea or passion to start a business? you need to ask yourself why you think this is business worthy, this shouldn’t be for your own self gain but to solve problems for others, the missing link in what makes your business different from the rest.
Keep in mind:
- What is your idea, clearly outline your business purpose and structure
- The future of your business, what needs, or management will you require
- List any factors that may come into play and impact your business: opportunities or threats in the market
- Budgeting and cash flow for your business capital needs.
- Sales & Marketing tools; how you plan to increase growth
- Determine and analyse your competitors to stay ahead and what sets you apart.
- Stay open-minded, and realistic in setting your goals
With every business, there is a combination of risks that can come into play in the success of your business. Entrepreneurs or business owners would need to assess all factors to keep their business safe and secure. It’s best to be a step ahead and this is where the planning comes in, being prepared and being on top of any risks will put your business in a stronger position to succeed.
There are many aspects to a business as a whole and to keep the business running smoothly, which most business owners tend to forget. When it comes to the risk management and planning strategy in the various areas of your business, such as the environment, resources and processes that need to be properly managed.
Identifying any potential risk before it can become an issue, is key to saving your business. like having a plan for your business start-up, having some sort of plan or strategy process in place if something were to go wrong. Depending on the business there are various kinds of risks to consider:
- Natural disaster
- Theft or Fraud involving staff
- Security threats
Every business will get some negative backlash, how you handle these claims will have an impact on your business financials as well as the reputation of the business. Business insurance is vital for any type of business. speak with a professional to determine what best procedures to take into account, it may cost you now, but it will benefit you and your business from closing down in the future.
For many businesses that have failed, it is due to the fact that they haven’t done their research before venturing into the industry. Taking time to test and develop the type of product/service you are intending on selling will help determine your target audience and what would best succeed in your business aesthetic.
Research and understand the market and how your product/service meets the customer’s needs. Having a good understanding of your competitors and what product/service they are offering will help set you apart from similar businesses. Being clear about how your business is different and why your product/service is better than the rest. Be creative and stay unique.
Depending on the type of business you have, hiring employees is an essential part of your business and they can be the make or break. Having a strong team that works together is the foundation of a smooth-running business. Keep in mind the people you hire are the face of your business and what the customers expect of the business itself. Having trust, communication and leadership skills can be invaluable when setting expectations and goals.
Starting a business has many factors that need to be taken into account, we’ve given you an insight into what not to do and It’s time you focus on what you can do to get started. Building a business is a journey and the process takes time, extensive research, planning and the willingness to drive your business to succeed. Make sure you have a sense of direction and goals in place.
Our team of industry experts are here to ensure you make the right business decisions as well as providing you with a tailored business valuation service to best benefit your requirements to keep your business running for a long time to come.
About the Author
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John Edwards is a professional, certified property valuer with extensive experience in valuing all property types. John has over 20 years’ experience as a property valuer and has conducted valuations on multiple large scale valuations projects for a number of government agencies. John enjoys engaging with her clients and conducting various valuations to comply with the clients’ requirements.
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