How to start up your business? Easy guide to get your startup off the ground

Working as an enterprise coach, I have got asked by many clients some questions like:

•    Where should I start my business?

•    How to check if my idea is viable?

•    How much should I need to start my business idea?

•    Should I have a business plan at this stage?

Many clients sometimes got confused; as they have many things to worry about and don’t really know where to start. Understanding this confusion and concern, that’s why I want to share my experience on this as I have been working with lots of start-ups!

Let’s check out top actions you need to consider helping you progress your idea into a successful business!

#Action 1:  Develop your idea and build a draft business case

Remember the first thing you need is NOT a business plan, it’s a business case where you need to understand the basic elements of your idea.

•    What products/services I want to sell?  – your PRODUCTS/SERVICES

•    Who are my customers?  – your CUSTOMERS

•    Why do people need to buy from me rather than competitors? – your USP (unique selling point)

•    Who delivers products/services? – your TEAM/your people

You don’t need to worry if you can answer all these questions, as you will come back and tweak your answers after completing market research and market tests.

#Action 2: Do Market Research

This action is to answer if the market needs your products/services and if there is anyone providing the same products/services. There are many ways to do your market research, but the most popular methods are:

–    Internet search:  what is the market size? What is the market trend? Who are your competitors? How your competitors are doing?…

–    Survey/ Interview/ Focus group: you can target a group of people who are your potential customers and do survey or conduct interviews to understand their needs and their desires in relevance with your products/services. After that, you can generalise this result to the bigger market

#Action 3: Do Pilot Test

In my view, you need to run the pilot test to test out how the market perceives your products/services. “Think big and start small”.

You need to get feedback to improve your products/services to meet the demand of your targeted customers.

#Action 4: Plan your finances carefully

You need to think and answers some main questions for your financial plan:

–    How much does it cost to run this business in the first year?

–    Where you get revenue from to cover all your costs?

–    Are there any other alternative income streams you can explore?

–    Do you get loss or profit at the end of the year?

–    Does cashflow look positive or negative?

Basically, you need to work out your REVENUE-COST model carefully to ensure your revenue is always higher than your costs, which means the positive cash flow at the end of the year.

#Action 5: Review and complete your business case

After completing these above steps, you will have a clear vision of your business idea and identify if your idea is viable and probably sustainable in the long run. At this point, you can have a clear picture of your business and you can think about the next steps which can be:

–    If your idea works well, you may think to test it out in the larger scope and launch it officially

–    If your idea does not work well, you may want to tweak it and do the pilot tests again; or you may want to think about a different idea, and start the process again

After you have done your business case, and you will think about other business aspects including legal structure, marketing & sales, long-term financial plan, and partnership establishment. 

We will cover these items in next articles! Check it out soon!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Ricky

    Wow this is great info! Thanks and keep posting

    1. RoseTran

      Thank you Richard! Hope you enjoy reading it:)

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