Starting your own business may have been a dream that you’ve had since childhood, a recently discovered ambition, or a means of taking control of your own career. Whatever your reasons for establishing a start-up, there are a few things you should really get to grips with first, namely, financing your new venture. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, your new business can’t, and won’t, pay for itself – at least, not to begin with.
Nobody has ever said that setting up a business is easy, and you may well face a variety of challenges during your start-up’s infancy, particularly if you’re attempting to fund the majority of the venture by yourself. You may be refused a bank loan or credit; you may run out of money or find that a particular business plan just isn’t working. What’s important is that this is your dream, and there are solutions to just about every problem, as long as you know where to look and who to ask for advice.
So, what should you be doing now? The first thing is raising capital for your start-up. After all, how will you start your new business venture without any funds in the bank? There are several ways in which a small business could tackle the issue of raising capital, including asking friends, family, or local investors for a loan, raising cash by way of fundraising events, appeals, or crowdfunding, applying for sponsorship or a bank loan or approaching a successful business entrepreneur with a deal in mind, such as selling shares or assets. Each of these is a valid way to get a business up and running or steer a faltering start-up back on track – you need to know which method is likely to work best for your business and its future. However, one thing’s for sure is never attempt to raise capital without first creating a solid business plan, especially if you’ll be approaching banks or entrepreneurs for financial assistance. You need to prove that your business will be profitable and identify where your biggest profits will be – only then are you ready to begin.
What to do if it all goes wrong
Nobody wants to think about their business venture failing, but it’s essential to cover all eventualities in your business plan; after all, how can you ever hope to recover from a setback if you’ve not considered it a possibility? Staying afloat in business requires a few basic things: to remain passionate, believe in your vision, build a smart team, and network. It’s never too late to make new connections and meet clients. It’s also important to start small, and to remain realistic, no matter how big your dream is; getting ahead of yourself is one thing in theory, but it’s quite another in practice.
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What should you do if things go wrong? Knowing where to turn can be a huge relief, regardless of your circumstances. David Kiger, the founder of global logistics company Worldwide Express, specializes in helping socially and economically disadvantaged businesses, no matter when their issues first arose. You see, he was once in your shoes and had to overcome several obstacles to ensure his dreams became a reality; it’s now his turn to give something back, and he is ready with advice, a variety of resources, and a wealth of knowledge to help you back on to your feet, and into the saddle once more. David’s vision is clear; to build a more diverse and competitive business climate and to ensure that those from historically disadvantaged areas, as well as start-ups floundering in a sea of competition, are given a chance they deserve.
Starting a business can be liberating, yet scary, rewarding, yet utterly exhausting. If you have the right business plan and can raise the capital to get your start-up off the ground, you have already won half of the battle. Knowing what to do to achieve success and where to turn when things go wrong – now, that’s the way to win a war.