There is more to starting a business than just opening up the doors. It is important that you find something that you are passionate about and mold it to meet the needs of others. After that, starting a business is as easy as the alphabet.
A - Action Plan. This will help you keep focused when you are facing the chaos that can come with opening a business. It is the guide of what you need to do and when you need to do it.
B - Budget. If you don't already have an idea of what things will cost, then you will not know what you need to do to make a profit. You have to have some monetary awareness - or else find a partner that does.
C - Current Situation. It is important to know what is going on in the industry you are about to enter. Know the trends that are taking place, where the hot spots are, and the best way to contact your target audience.
D - Do. Don't just stand around hoping that the business will take off. Do network at Chamber of Commerce meetings, Town Hall meetings, or any meetings where there is a large gathering of people. Do try to get the local media to include you in their stories. Do ask friends and family (and strangers if you are brave enough) to send business your way. The most important thing is that you DO something.
E - Executive Summary. It is important that everyone involved in the business knows what their job is. If it is just you, plan ahead for the day when you can expand. This will also help you keep up with what you need to do each day.
F - Files. Keep great records of everything you are doing and keep them in order. File folders of every shape and form are a good investment and should be included in your start up costs.
G - Goals. Aim for the future. Make a one month plan, a one year plan, and a five year plan. With each goal you meet, aim for a new one. Keep yourself motivated so your business can reach its full potential.
Keep it basic, follow the ABCs of starting a business venture and watch your empire expand.