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Now is a great time to start a new business. There are more resources and opportunities out there to reach a global audience than ever before. It can also be a complicated process, and one that should be researched before starting.
These five tips can help you get your business up and running. Here are 10 more startup tips for businesses in the New Year:
Seek Legal Advice – Structuring your business can be a complicated process. It’s difficult to know what is best for your situation. If you’re confused as to whether your business should be an LLC, sole proprietorship, or a corporation, the best thing you can do is get some quality legal advice.
Understand Your Funding Options – There’s more out there than a simple bank loan. There may be grants out there. You can also consider crowd sourcing your next project or idea. You simply need to know where to look. Make sure you’re not leaving money on the table.
Understand Your Industry – Most industries change faster than your formal education can keep up with. It’s important to understand that successful entrepreneurs have committed to a path of always learning. In a crowded, competitive field, this allows you to better serve customers.
Become Really Good At One Thing – Once there’s money on the table, there’s a temptation to become everything to everyone. Straying from your original passions and strengths may not be a good thing. Instead, focus on becoming known for one thing, and try to be known for that.
Create A Killer Online Presence – Your website, email and social media platforms all feed into each other. Great design and an impacting message only part of the operation. You also need to understand that the online success of your business depends on how well you connect with people.
Implement Your Plan – It’s not enough to stay up late one night in the New Year and scrawl out your business plan at the kitchen table. That plan cannot gather dust. It’s a plan of action for the rest of the year, and beyond.
Implement Systems – Goals give your business a vision. Systems keep it constantly moving in the right direction. If your goal is to one day gross $500,000, there may come a point that you’re tempted to take your foot off the gas. If you’ve committed to the system of maintaining a certain level of productivity, it’s easier to continue.
Build Relationships – This is important in every aspect of business. It’s important to build relationships with the people who can help your business grow. Offline networking, social media and a strong marketing message can all help with this.
Distinguish Your Business – No matter your business, it’s a crowded marketplace. The more you can do to distinguish your business from the competition, the better off you’ll be. Your customer base should easily be able to discern why you’re the choice to do business with.
Invest In Content – Great writing and beautiful images will all help you to communicate your message. You need to invest the time into quality, professional communication. If you don’t have the time or the skill set, it’s important to know when to outsource.
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Guest post written by Matthew Brennan: Matthew is a marketing writer based in the Chicago area. He regularly writes about content marketing, blogging, and engaging with your audience. He has been published on ProBlogger, Soshable, and Business2Community. Connect with Matthew on his website, www.matthewlbrennan.com, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+.