7 *Handy* Tips to Take Note of Before Starting Your Own Business

by Renee Isabella Aguila   |  May 15, 2023
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Starting a business can seem like a fun thing to do as you get to sell something you’ve created and earn some income from it. But you should know that underneath all that comes a lot of things you must juggle to make sure that your business is running smoothly without any problems. You should be able to have a clear idea in mind of the things you want to sell, how to sell them, and where you’ll get the funds for your products.

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Once you’ve learned how to start your own business, you’ll be managing it like a pro for sure. To help you turn your ideas into reality, we’ve prepared for you seven tips. Check them out below:

1. Research the products you want to sell

When starting your own business, it’s important to research the products you want to sell because it helps you make better business decisions. If you narrow down your products, you’ll be able to focus on properly creating and marketing these. Additionally, you’ll be able to avoid unnecessary expenses from having too many products, especially if some of these won’t work out for your business. Research products similar to what you want to sell so you have an idea of how they’ll appeal to your target customers. You can try asking your family or friends about your planned business products so you can get an idea if these will sell to your market. 


2. Know who will be your market

Alongside researching the products you’ll sell, you have to know to whom you’re gonna sell these to. Knowing your target market can help you in promoting your products to the right audience. If you’re selling small accessories that fit a young and hip aesthetic, your market could be a Gen Z audience like your blockmates and peers. If you plan to sell items like scented candles, these could be better marketed for adults instead. So think carefully about who you want your customers to be. 

3. Have some funds ready

You’ve probably heard at least once that you need some “starting capital” when you’re about to dive into a business. Having funds ready can help cover expenses for the production of your products. It can even cover business space or pay for the people who’ll help you out in your business venture. You can start having funds for your business by saving a portion of your allowance, proposing to your parents that you’ll need extra funds or even taking a part-time job that can help you in getting funds for your business. 

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4. Create a business plan

Your business plan doesn’t exactly have to be very formal. It helps to plan so you can have a set of clear goals and guidelines for how you’ll run your business. This also keeps you on track on how you’ll obtain funding, produce your products, and even have a guide for the people you’ll contact such as suppliers. If you don’t plan for your business, you’ll keep on going back and forth with decisions you’re supposed to be sure of for your business. 

5. Learn how to handle finances

At some point you’ll have to learn how to handle finances because these are important in business. It can help you take better control of your expenses during production and you could have a better idea of how much you can earn from what you sell. It also helps to keep track of what items sell the most in your business so you know which of your products you can produce more of. Handling finances may seem daunting but once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easier for you to keep track of where your cash flow.


6. Promote your business to people you know

When you’re starting out in your business, it becomes difficult to get customers to buy your products because you’re new. It helps if you have testimonies from people you already know to give your business more credibility. You can promote your business to family or friends so that word gets around about your products. A simple recommendation or mention from a relative or friend of yours could lead to more sales.

7. Ask advice from professionals

Lastly, you should ask for advice from professionals. You might have relatives or friends who also own their own businesses. Professionals can guide you in starting your business and managing it. Additionally, you can definitely learn a lot about creating products, finding suppliers, and handling finances from experts. All the knowledge you’ll pick up will definitely make it easier for you to navigate your business venture. 


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