With a new year, comes new goals. A lot of people feel miserable going back to work after the festive break, and it’s understandable if they don’t get any job satisfaction.

So many of us wish that we could be our own boss – particularly if you don’t really get along with your current employer. We’ve sat at work, dreaming about the flexibility of running our own work schedule, and the freedom of not having anyone to answer to. Often we don’t consider the possibility of making that dream a reality and to start your own small business.

start your own small businessFor a lot of people, it does remain a dream, but if you’re somebody with entrepreneurial tendencies then you could work into making it a reality. All you need is a good idea, some viable funding, and a heck of a lot of passion and resilience.

If you’re planning to start your own small business in the near future, or are even just putting feelers out into the possibility of it, here are some top tips that will help you on the way to starting your own small business.

Start early

Remember this – there is never a right time, or good time to get started on your business. The longer you put off getting started, the less likely the reality of it succeeding is.

However, it’s always a good idea to know where to start, so before you’re handing in your notice at your current job and going out looking for loans that do not need a guarantor item, try and think about things realistically.

Start by planning, and plan while you’re at your current job. Remember that in the early days of business you’re not likely to make as much as you pay out, so keeping your first job on until you get things up and running is always a good idea. You might be keen to hand in your notice and leave, but you’ll be pleased that you didn’t in the long run.

Start by planning everything meticulously. Without a well penned business plan, your business is likely to fall through in the first few months. Your business plan should include things such as your idea in detail, how you’re going to fund your business, and your marketing strategy for getting it on its feet. There are some great templates available online that’ll help you to ensure you don’t miss a trick!

Be passionate and dedicated

In order to make your business succeed, you must be passionate about whatever it is you’re selling. Investors and clients can sniff out a mile off if you don’t really believe in what it is that you’re promoting, and therefore they won’t believe in it either.

Keeping your passion alive is so important in order to succeed. In the long run a lot of your time and energy is going to go into this idea, and chances are you’re going to have to make sacrifices in order to make it a success. Without this level of dedication your business will never become the successful enterprise you want it to be.

Know your industry

Whatever industry you’re entering, you have to know and understand it in order to know where you’ll fit in the order of things.

In order to know your industry, you have to assess the competition effectively. You can learn a LOT from your competitors. The companies that are doing well can teach you a lot about what to do in conducting business, and the ones who are doing not so well can teach you what not to do.

Of course, you always want to be better than your competitors. Take a look at what it is they’re missing, and what their customers are calling out for – remember that this is where you can come in. Fulfilling customers’ needs is at the top and bottom of running a successful business.

Network, and be professional

Finally, networking and being professional is integral to being successful. Networking can seem intimidating, but it’s all about meeting like-minded people who can help you, and you can help in turn. Think of it as a friendly chat, but always remain professional.

Being professional is just about remembering what your goals are when you start your own small business. Remaining in a professional mindset will ensure that people know you’re serious about what you’re doing. As well as this, make sure you have contact details that are business like – a number, an email and the rest. It’s all about being efficient and respectful, and the sooner you get in the habit, the easier it’ll be.