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It is often said that small businesses make up the backbone of America—and World Financial Group agrees. This is a North American firm that offers a variety of financial services ranging from retirement planning, to life insurance. However, a big part of the company’s passion lies in helping small business owners succeed. WFG is deeply devoted to cultivating that entrepreneurial spirit, and ensuring that new businesses have the ideal circumstances under which to flourish.
Of course, starting a small business is never an easy thing. Even apart from external circumstance, launching a new company, amassing clients, and giving them a reason to stand by you can prove daunting. Even to the most spirited innovators among us it is a challenge. For the small business owner, there are many balls to keep in the air at once, many concerns, both practical and philosophical to keep in mind.
Nevertheless, WFG loves seeing new businesses succeed. The company offers financial services of different kinds as well as more general advice. What follows are a few steps that any new business owner will want to make sure to follow.
How Are You Making Money?
The foundational first step that any potential business owner must make is to think critically and precisely about the products and services you intend to sell. Also how, in the end, you will make profits. This may seem like a no-brainer and the simplest of concerns, yet it is one that a surprisingly high percentage of new business owners ultimately neglect.
For example, you might say this; “I am going to open a website about my business experience, and offer my services as a consultant, while also using the website to generate ad dollars.” That may seem like a good plan for a business at first, but what is the focus of this company? Is it consultation, or is it online advertising? And how are those advertising dollars coming in? Is it through some kind of affiliate network? If so, which one?
These are practical and important questions to consider. Any new business owner needs a clear understanding of where the company’s focus must lie, and from where income will come. The business may quickly prove directionless otherwise. The most significant advice here is to zero in on one thing your company will do to generate profits, and make sure that one thing is something you are passionate about!
To Whom Are You Selling?
Once you have identified your product, it is important to identify your demographic. Again, this is not as simple as it sounds. If you are selling sandwiches, you need an understanding of your potential clientele that goes beyond, “people who like sandwiches.”
You are ultimately going to need to engage with your clients in a real way if you want to successfully market your products to them. That means understanding who they are. To what age are you seeking to appeal? Do your products appeal more to women than men? What are the values that your clients hold? What are the things that influence them?
There are two ways in which you can seek to determine the answers to these questions. WFG says that Google is always a good place to begin. Spend some time searching for terms related to your products or your niche. Pay attention to how other companies market, including the “related” ads that might appear on Google or on social media websites. Beyond that simply pay attention to word of mouth, and use what you hear to develop a better understanding of your vertical.
Summing it Up
From there, WFG says that many business owners find it helpful to formulate a business plan. An executive summary of your business can help bring you focus and clarity. This executive summary is exactly what it sounds like, a summary of all the key points about your business.
As you seek to construct an executive summary, consider answering all of the following questions:
- What need is your business filling or, what problem is it solving?
- How big is your market? (Saying “everyone” is not an acceptable response!) And, how will you seek to target that niche?
- What kind of competition will you have? What sets your company apart?
- What are the costs involved with your business?
- Where will your products come from? How are they made and distributed?
- What is your exit strategy?
World Financial Group Reviews More Business Decisions to Make
There are still other considerations that any new business owner must make. One of the most pressing is that of how the company is structured. Do you have sole proprietorship, or do you wish to start a corporation? World Financial Group does not endorse any one method, because each business will have unique needs. Understanding the pros and cons of these different options is vital, however.
For example, some business owners feel that they simply need something easy to set up, something with limited fees and limited paperwork. Sole proprietorship fits that bill. For those who wish for protection against personal liability should the business not perform well, then a Limited Liability Corporation is an option to consider.
Naming Your Company
At some point before you launch, of course, you will need to consider the name of your company. This is yet another example of something that is not as simple as it sounds! Remember that the main concern here is to come up with a name that people will remember. Something relatively short, catchy, and something that indicates what kind of work your company does is ideal.
As such, you will want to avoid hyphens and weird spellings. WFG recommends something that people will find easy to type into a Google search window, or to share with their friends and family members.
About World Financial Group
World Financial Group is a company that is zealous for seeing small businesses succeed. World Financial Group has lent its services to small companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Additionally, World Financial Group works with individuals, in areas like retirement planning and college savings.
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