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Starting a business is every entrepreneur’s dream, but how do you actually go about the task? In this post, you’ll learn some of the actions that are most important when starting your business.

Hone Your Idea

No matter how strong your business idea is, it will benefit from some honing before you begin other business-launching tasks. Some helpful questions to that end include:

Who will your business serve?

What gap in the market does your idea fill?

If that gap is already filled by a preexisting brand, would opening a franchise be a better option?  

Create a Business Plan

Document-wise, business plans are among the most important when starting your business. They serve as both a road map for launching your company and a tool for securing financing, as virtually all lenders will want to examine a potential borrower’s business plan.

Assess and Obtain Your Funding

Funding is also incredibly important when starting your business. Form a realistic assessment of your current financial resources and the ones you may be able to tap into. Some potential money sources include traditional and alternative lenders, business grants, SBA loans, investors, crowdfunding, and lines of credit. Pursue as many as needed to give yourself the proper financial backing.

Buy Insurance

Be sure to purchase business insurance. That will give you both financial protection and peace of mind as you finally start your business.

Pick a Structure and Register

All businesses need a structure. The most common setups are corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, and limited liability corporations. Look up their strengths and weaknesses to determine which best suits your needs.

From here, it’s time to begin registering your business with any state, local, and federal authorities that require it. A big one is the IRS, but you may need to file regulatory paperwork with other bodies as well, depending on your industry and area.

After that, you’ll just about be ready to start hiring, marketing, and selling your product!

Learn More from Lode Capital

Interested in advice on gathering the financial resources needed for your business? Reach out to Lode Capital.