6 tips from CGCL to entrepreneurs planning to start a business

It is extremely satisfying to own a business and becoming a successful entrepreneur. But a lot goes into making a venture successful. If a new age entrepreneur takes care of the few basic but important things, nothing can stop the business from flourishing.

We list below 6 tips that you can apply in your business that will maximise the chances of success:

1. Proper planning: An effective business plan is an absolute must before you venture out to realise your dream of becoming a successful entrepreneur. Although it might take pain staking efforts, you will realise that they were totally worth it. So, create a strategic business plan taking into consideration the competition in the business, manpower needs, overhead costs, marketing tools etc before setting up a business. 

2. Plan for long term: It is important to know exactly how much capital would you require to start a business. This would include costs like setting up cost, operational costs and buffer provisions. For example, what if a client delays a payment? Would it affect your immediate operational cost? Have you made enough provisions to survive this scenario? These are the questions that you should reasonably satisfy before you take a plunge in the world of business. 

3. Study the competition: Never commit the mistake of underestimating the competition and do a thorough research on the strategies and models adapted by the competition in your line of business. Study the strengths and weaknesses of the competitors and device your strategy accordingly. You may have adequate funds and a business plan in place but if you have not analysed the competition you might fail in the business. 

4. Don’t start a business just for the heck of it: One might get bored by being a regular employee over a period of time and develop a thought that he can start his own venture using his expertise and skill sets. However, what is important to note here is that while an electrician might be very good at his craft but before starting his own business he should evaluate himself on whether he has the qualities required for becoming a businessman? One must understand that becoming an entrepreneur requires involvement in all the facets of the business. It is therefore important to evaluate whether one has the business acumen and understanding of these subjects before starting a business. 

5. Innovate and automate: Bringing uniqueness in your business and the products you deal in will not only help in sustaining the business, but you will also stand out from the competitors. Take help of experts in your line of business who can guide you on what innovation can be made in the business. Sometimes all it needs is a little change in traditional approaches that can bring about a sea change in the perception of your business from external stake holders. An entrepreneur should also make optimum use of the available technology for various processes of the business. Automation can not only make work easier but also become a vital factor for future expansions. 

6. Have strong and clear fundamentals: Decision making process becomes very simple if the fundamentals are clear in the mind of the entrepreneur. Right from manpower management, client servicing and expansion plans become more easier if the fundamentals of the business are clear. For example, if transparency is one of the fundamentals, it should reflect in all facets of your business.