If you’ve decided working for other people is not your thing, maybe you would be better suited to working for yourself.
Find your niche
It seems easy but many people wish to be entrepreneurs without any ideas on what they could do or what they could sell. In order to find your business, you need to answer a few questions – what can you do? Is there anything you are particularly good at? If you have a particular skill, such as knitting, try and base your business around that, if it’s something you enjoy doing. Secondly, ask what the market is like for the product you wish to sell or the service you wish to offer. If you wish to make cassette tapes of music, you will struggle to find a market for your idea these days, for example.
Understand that it’s going to be hard work at first
The first thing to understand about starting your own business is that it’s going to require a lot of hard work and dedication, and that at first, you might be working long hours with very little reward. Rarely do “get rich quick” opportunities exist in reality, and an even bigger reality is that most people work much harder and earn less, at least at first, than they did when they worked for other people. But hard work and determination means eventual success, so just stick with it for a pay-off in the long-term.
Prepare a business plan
“To fail to plan is to plan to fail”, so the quote goes, and it’s true. You need to plan exactly what your business is, what you want it to do, how it will do it, and some brief expenditure and profit estimates. Try and be as realistic as possible. If nobody knows about your business you will be unlikely to gain 100% of your eventual customers in one night or one week. If your business required you to make something, be realistic as to how many you can actually make. It’s no good getting 200 orders in the first week, if you could only make 5 products a week, as not many people are going to happily wait two years for something.
Order your finances
For tax purposes, as well as for purchasing any stock or requirements, you will need to keep financial accounts. Make sure you keep these in order, to save you unnecessary work later when you find yourself trawling through endless bank statements in search of a single transaction. You can keep track of money going in and out using a simple spreadsheet, or you could open a separate business bank account for your business.