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Entrepreneurship 101: Tips on How To Get Your Small Business Going

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and start your own small business. Congratulations! It is a big step forward and can be gratifying with proper planning and execution.

Managing a small business can be challenging. If you a reader of this blog, then you at least have a leg up on the writing aspect of being a business owner and can probably craft an engaging email! However, that’s just a part of it. 

You need to do a few key things to get your small business off the ground. Here’s a quick overview:

Get Online Loans

When it comes to business, money is the most integral factor in keeping your business afloat. If your business has funds, you can continue your operations by generating products or providing service to your valued customers. 

There are multiple ways to get funds for your small enterprise, from the profits made by your business or your own money. However, difficult times are inevitable, making these two options insufficient to keep the business going.

You can get a loan online to cover essential expenditures. In addition, online loans are more convenient and faster than the traditional way of getting loans from banks, making them ideal for small businesses. 

It’s easy to apply since it has lenient requirements, a quick application process, and offers a variety of terms and rates. Also, there are different types of loans available online. Utilizing personal loans will be good if you’re looking for a quick loan to cover your expenses. 

However, business loans will be your best option if you want to have huge capital and keep your business operational. In addition, business loans also allow long-term repayment with lower interest rates, thus making this a viable option for businesses.

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Get Organized

Properly managing your business is another integral factor in keeping it operational. To successfully do this, you need to organize everything for better transparency, like sorting important documents and resources. In addition, it can also help you to increase your productivity, cut risks, and increase your revenue.

There are many ways in which proper organization can help your business. For example, when it comes to tasks and various business documents, you can use or integrate file systems to keep track of them. 

Also, it can speed up your business processes since everything is organized, quickly locating important information like bills and reports. The faster a task is completed, the more productive the business operation will be.

Set Goals

Setting goals is one of the essentials when it comes to running a successful business. It gives you the focus and motivation to lead your small enterprise to new opportunities. In addition, goals and milestones can also help assess if the business is earning or not and identify what next steps you need to take.

To effectively set targets for your business, you must ensure this is a SMART goal. Your target must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound to help you complete them. This method will help push you further and give your business a sense of direction. 

To further understand SMART goals, here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Specific – narrowing down goals to clarify and understand how to achieve them.
  • Measurable – making goals measurable to track progress to evaluate actions.
  • Achievable – make sure that the goal is achievable and realistic.
  • Relevant – making sure goals are pertinent to the overall growth of the business.
  • Time-bound – setting time constraints from start to end to have a sense of urgency. 

Employ Creativity

Creativity is a significant key in the business industry. It opens up new ideas and innovative solutions that can help the business grow and survive in the long run. In addition, it gives you a space to work smarter and provides a competitive advantage in the industry. 

Utilizing technology to your advantage will significantly help your small business. For example, you are promoting your product through online media creatively using influencers and organizational tools to improve business processes. You can also use technology to gather statistics to help your business move forward. Same goes for stale business writing, you have to find a way to convert it to something inspiring, even when the topic seems a bit boring. Creativity is key! 

Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, once wrote: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.”

Provide Customer Satisfaction

Customer satisfaction is another thing to look out for when running a business. It illustrates whether your service or product meets their expectations or makes them satisfied. If you successfully provide this to your clients, you can develop your relationship, making them one of your loyal customers.

Daymond John, founder of FUBU says:  “I learned that I had to be obsessed with my customer, absolutely obsessed.  I learned that entrepreneurship was a team sport and that I need to trust other people.”

In addition, apart from customer retention, you can identify what parts you need to change in your service or product, identify weaknesses, and provide a better understanding of what your client wants. Remember, information is your buddy in business and an essential key to improving your business.

Final Thoughts

Keeping a business running like a well-oiled machine will take time and effort. Even if you have a successful startup, sustainability and adaptability are the true challenge for all business owners. Don’t worry if you feel your business is moving like a turtle. As long as you’re making progress, it’s okay. 


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By Susan Barlow

Dr. Susan Barlow is retired from academia after teaching business administration, project management, and business writing courses for over 20 years.

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