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Launching a business can be stressful. It often feels like there are 1,000 things to work on all at the same time. There is no avoiding this reality for new small business owners, but with a little planning and foresight, it is possible to manage expectations and take actions with a sense of purpose toward building your business.

Before formally launching your business, it is vital to consider the following points:

PICKING A LOCATION:

Choosing a business location is one of the most important aspects of starting a small business. Especially if you are running a small retail or restaurant operation, finding the right location means everything. It can dictate foot traffic, business atmosphere and long-term success for your small business.

There are several questions you need to answer when choosing a location for your business, including whether there is sufficient parking for employees and customers, if it is accessible for the easy delivery of shipments, and whether customers will visit your business regularly.

YOUR BUSINESS STRUCTURE:

A key initial step to take when starting your business is choosing its legal structure. Your choice of business structure will influence not just daily operations, but also taxes or how much of your personal assets are at risk. Some of the more common business structures are:

  • Sole proprietorship

This is the simplest form of business entity. With a sole proprietorship, one person is responsible for all a company’s profits and debts.

  • Partnerships

This entity is owned by two or more individuals. There are two types: a general partnership, where all is shared equally; and a limited partnership, where only one partner has control of its operation while the other person (or persons) contributes to and receives part of the profits.

  • Limited liability company (LLC)

A limited liability company (LLC) is a hybrid structure that allows owners, partners or shareholders to limit their personal liabilities while enjoying the tax and flexibility benefits of a partnership

  • Corporation

The law regards a corporation as an entity separate from its owners. It has its own legal rights, independent of its owners – it can sue, be sued, own and sell property, and sell the rights of ownership in the form of stocks.

CHOOSING A BUSINESS NAME:

The business name is the medium through which your customers or clients meet you for the first time. Your potential customers prefer to recognize what your company is selling by looking at the name.

Using a bit of ingenuity and creativity can help you arrive at the right business name. After you have picked the right business name, register it officially with the appropriate authorities comes next. This is important to avoid duplications that could damage your own business’s reputation.

OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT:

While your business may just be getting off the ground, it is important to establish sound business practices from the get-go. Managing your finances in a business-like manner from the start can save you time and prevent headaches as your business grows. Here are five reasons why a business bank account provides a strong foundation to a business.

  • Separate personal from business
  • Make expense tracking easier
  • Show the world you are a professional
  • Provide clear records in case of audits
  • Establish business credit

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