Small business Advice: Small business is an expression that is frequently used day-to-day.
That is simply for the reason that in the past decade, the ascent of small business has been larger than in any other decade preceding.
This is largely due to the increasing number of services that are available to small business owners, to enable them to keep their business running.
There really isn't any guidelines for when the term small business is used, however it is simply defined as a business which has a small number of employees.
How few employees is debatable, and the definition of when a business changes from a small business to a larger corporation varies both by country and industry. This number is generally less then 100 employees.
As mentioned before small businesses due to their nature, are in most times sole proprietorships, partnerships, or privately owned.
Common in many countries, small businesses, are most often related to: accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small shops, hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, small-scale manufacturing etc.
Small businesses in many cases are located in private homes, for two main reasons.
The first being it is economical and in most cases convenient.
The second reason is that there are several benefits with tax,etc for having your business in your home.
Running a small business is an exciting venture, and a splendid way to introduce yourself into the business world, and to gain business sense.
If you are interested in starting your own small business, I would recommend having a talk with a local lawyer or accountant, who will be able to answer questions that are specific to your local area.
Thinking About Starting a Small Business?
It takes a unique individual to run a successful small business. What characteristics do successful entrepreneurs share?
At any given time, it is very easy to find a lot of people out there thinking about starting a small business, and tons of great ideas, but few people actually go out and do it.
So many people think and think about it until all of a sudden they’re fifty-something, still with that great idea, but no business.
It is a fact that it takes a special type of person to be an entrepreneur.
It’s certainly not for the faint hearted.
It requires a strong desire to succeed, courage, perseverance and a great deal of will power to continue to work at it in the face of the setbacks you’ll inevitably have to deal with.
But what else does it take to be a successful small business owner?
Without doubt, it takes technical skills.
That goes without saying.
And, you can’t just be good at what you do.
You need to be very good at it before you even think about starting your small business.
So, assuming you have those technical skills, what else do successful entrepreneurs have in common?
It is fair to say being decisive, self-disciplined and a self-starter have to be a couple of the top traits.
If you want to own a business so you can stay in bed in the morning or you think you might not have to work forty hours a week, you might want to stick with your 9 to 5 job.
The truth is, you’ll be working far more than forty hours a week for quite awhile, and most often with very little money to show for it.
You definitely will not find anyone telling you what to do, how to do it and when it needs to be done (except for your clients of course, and it seems to me they often want things done now!).
So, you’ll need to be able to make decisions, and be disciplined enough to work at it every day, no matter how discouraged you might be.
And, the fact that you’re your own boss means you should be self-directing too.
It also means you should be able to prioritize and plan well, meet deadlines and be able to work until the job is done, whether that takes fifteen minutes or eighteen hours a day.
How well do you deal with stress?
How do you deal with uncertainty?
Successful entrepreneurs need to deal with both well.
Running a business is stressful at the best of times, and can be extremely stressful when things aren’t going as planned.
And things are rarely certain.
That big client you have that you think is so loyal could simply decide to go elsewhere for no reason that’s apparent to you.
Are you able to make short term sacrifice for long term gain?
It might be really tempting, for example to take the first thousand dollars your companies earns and spend it on clothes or on your house or your car, but is that necessarily the best thing for your small business?
Or should you be leaving the money in the company and using it to build your business?
Along with those technical skills we talked about earlier, most entrepreneurs have to be a jack of all trades, at least from the beginning.
Let’s say you build the best darn widget in the country.
Assuming you already leased space and have all your tools, the first thing you might want to do is find suppliers for the parts you’ll need to put it together.
Then you’ll have to negotiate terms with them, so now you’re a purchasing agent as well as a manufacturer.
Your customers aren’t going to come and find you, so you have to figure out ways to let people know who you are, where you are and what you can do for them.
That means you also need to know something about marketing.
You’re required to keep proper records, so you’re a bookkeeper too.
And you're responsible for all your small business' financial decisions, so you're going to have to know something about finance.
You’ll probably have to answer the phones and make appointments, which means you’re also a secretary.