Starting your own business can be an incredibly empowering experience. It can also be a big risk, and without a doubt it isn’t something that suits everybody.

But if you are the entrepreneurial type and that desire to do your own thing burns inside, we have some tips and ideas to help you on your way – because, truth be told, unless you have walked this route before, it can be difficult to even know where to start.

Finance is important

You cannot run a business without cash so if your goal is to try and grow things organically without any start-up funding, you should probably think again. Granted, you don’t need a huge amount of cash, but almost any venture will need some capital to cover basic costs like company registration, website design and build, business cards and such like.

In an ideal world you have some savings to take care of this. But if not, quick personal loans are quite easy to come by these days and unless you have a dodgy credit record you should find qualification for one of these is attainable. In terms of where to go for such a loan, there are plenty of lenders available online who will come through for you in your personal capacity, regardless of your business plan.

Plan

Don’t start a business by mistake! You need to be intentional about what you are doing from the very beginning. Do your market research, formulate a mission statement and budget and plan accordingly. You need to know exactly what you are doing, where you want to go and how you plan to get there. This might seem unnecessary at the start when you are excited and full of good ideas and energy and it is all going well, but at some point, it won’t be so easy and that is when you need to ensure that you have put the right foundations in place.

Partnerships

Know who you are going to work with and why. One of the most important things about running your own business is recognizing that you cannot do it all by yourself. So, who you use for outsourced solutions, suppliers and partnerships is very important. These relationships will reflect directly on you, so make sure you are comfortable with the partners and make sure that they will bring value to what it is that you do.

Toes in the water

If making the leap from being employed to being self-employed is too much if a risk for you, then look to make the transition slowly. Setting up a side-hustle that you can operate in your spare time is often the way to go. If you chose this route it means you don’t have to forsake the security of a pay cheque initially, and that you can let your hustle grow slowly into a stand-alone entity. The downside of this of course, is that it will probably take much longer for your business to grow to the point where it can stand on its own two feet.