When you first start to think about setting up a business, you know that there’s going to be a lot to cover off. And that’s fine. Because you’re excited to get started, and for everything to get underway. The long hours and late nights are not an issue, because you love what you do and it’s fun to put the work. However, there are always going to be elements of business that are just not that fun. We all have strengths and passions, but that doesn’t mean that the things we’re not so excited about (or good at) and can be forgotten. In fact, if you’re able to really nail the work that needs to be done that’s less fun, you’re going to be a master at this business thing. So let’s take a look at some of the more practical things you need to be thinking about.
One of the things that you’ll often have to cover off first, yet you can sometimes avoid, is the business setup. When you first get started as a side-hustle, you may not have to think about doing this. However, you will if you’re making money and taking this full-time. So work out what kind of business setup will suit you, and get someone to help you file and get things up and running.
As a step on from that, you then might want to think about your financial setup and how you’re managing the business income and expenditure. For this, you’ll want to have a way of recording what goes in and out. Not only does this make things easier for your taxes, but it allows you to stay on top of how things are going, so you always have that topline view.
The next thing that you’re going to want to make sure that you do here, is cover off your business storage. It’s just the best way to stay organized. And the more organized that you are, the easier it will be for you to operate. So consider what will work best for you here. Will it be office storage and filing? Will it be self-storage units or commercial lots? Try figure out what you really need and what’s going to work out best for you.
Every business has admin – no matter how hard you try to avoid it – it’s there. So, you’re going to want to think about having a system in place to minimize the time you spend on this, and to ensure that all of your emails or paperwork is on top of each day.
Finally, you’ve then got the kind of analysis side of things too. Here, you’re going to find that there are certain things you’ll want to keep track of – and not just your financials. There are many forms of data to track, so you need to work out what’s most important to you. Will it be social media stats? Conversion rates? Click through rates? Analysis can be pretty important in business – exciting too. So the more prepared you are to do it, the easier it will be for you.