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If you want to start a small business then hopefully you already know that a lot of small businesses don’t even make it past their first year and that can definitely be a scary fact to have to deal with. Most of the time this doesn’t even have to do with not putting enough time or effort and it simply happens because people don’t have a clear idea of what they are getting themselves into and how to do things properly. In order for you to not make those mistakes, we have put together some tips that you can use in order to start a successful small business.

Make sure you write a business plan

This is something that a lot of people don’t do simply because they don’t think they need it, but that is definitely not true. If there is one thing that a business plan is good for is that it will prevent you from wasting your time and money, and in our opinion that alone should be enough to convince you that you need a business plan. But that’s not all a business plan does. It will allow you to see what your business will look like, how much money you’ll need, it will make you do some really necessary research that you may otherwise overlook and so on. Basically, making a business plan will help you avoid starting a business that will not succeed.

Don’t quit your job beforehand

Are you still employed before you start your small business? Good, and make sure to keep it that way even after you start it. The reality is that people simply cannot survive without money. Another reality is that small business can take a very long time before they start bringing any profits, so staying employed will get you some much needed money while going through the whole start-up process and that is definitely a good thing because it means you will be able to keep a normal life and not have to go into your savings while waiting for the business to pick up.

Have the money prepared

Another great reason why you should keep your job and not use your savings for your day to day life is that you will probably need those savings to help you start the business in the first place. Saving up is a necessity when doing something like this, and if you don’t have enough funds then going to potential investors and lenders needs to happen, and it needs to happen before you actually start the business. You need to have the money figured out beforehand because that will save you a lot of trouble afterward and it means that you probably won’t have to deal with banks, and that’s a good thing because traditional lenders like banks don’t really like new ideas.

Do you want to start a small business despite all of the risks? Good, because most things worth doing in life will bring some kind of risk, but not all of those things will bring you money. Make sure to follow these tips and research a lot of others, and just a lot of research in general and you will find yourself starting your small business and making money before you know it.