Things to Know Before Starting a Business

Starting your own business can be so rewarding, but comes with its complexities and challenges. It’s not required, but having  some background in financials, marketing, and management can help you immensely in starting and growing a business. Here are some helpful things to know about starting a small business or LLC.


Before coming up with a business plan, do your research. You want to be familiar with the industry you are entering into. It can also be helpful to research your opponents and look into what is making them successful. You can then implement some of those things into your plan, but also find ways to stand out and differentiate yourself from competitors.

Define Target Market & Mission

You will be a lot more successful if you target a very specific group instead of making your product or idea for a general audience. Even if the target demographic is small, they can become very loyal customers because you are creating something more specialized and specific to them. When you also have a clear mission, you will attract the right people. From there, you can build a greater customer base.

Choose the Type of Business Structure

There are many business types from sole proprietorship to partnerships to LLC to corporations. Depending on which one you choose, there will be different regulations and requirements. The type of structure can influence the paperwork, taxes, and rules regarding owners and employees. It also depends on the structure if you will need to complete a BOIR. Filing boir is a way to identify all beneficial owners of the business to stay transparent and protect against financial crimes. Usually sole proprietors and partnerships do not have to file but LLC’s do.

Assess Financials

You will have to decide what money you are going to use to start up the business. Whether it’s money you saved, a bank loan, or help from an investor, it is important to decide which option is best for you. If you are using an outside party, make sure there is clear communication and boundaries about when money is owed, etc.

Write a Plan

After you have figured out the direction you want to take, write out a business plan to have a tangible report of the steps you have taken/need to take for successful growth. It is good to refer back to times of struggle or to get everyone on the same page when introducing a team to it. This plan should include what your business is going to offer, an analysis of the market, and a financial plan. This will also give those registering your business an insight into how prepared you are to start.

Have a Mentor

Having someone to guide you that has done this before and succeeded can help you see things in a different light that will help you make smarter decisions within your business. You don’t have to try to do everything alone.


These are just a few things to consider when looking into starting a business. It is important to prepare and set up your business for success. Doing all of these things can help build a good foundation for you to continue building upon.