Start a Business – How to Start a Business – Part II

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Whether you are planning to start a business or already have one, there is a lot to consider before jumping into it. Starting a business without the proper knowledge can lead to failure and much loss of time and money. You need to be ready for many things when starting a business such as the following. Being ready includes being smart, taking risks, having perseverance, developing business solutions, and knowing how to manage your time wisely.

Creating new business ideas before you begin. Researching the legitimacy of your concepts. Testing your concept in the real market. Creating an initial business plan. Setting up the proper legal structure for your new business.

Obtaining funding from angel investors and/or wealthy mentors. If you are planning to start a business from scratch you will have to seek capital to get your idea off the ground. The type of capital you choose will depend on your personal finances, skills, experience, etc. It is also a wise choice to research the venture capital firms and look at their track record and their current portfolio. This will help you decide who to invest in.

Controlling your intellectual property rights. Intellectual property rights include, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade names, and designs. Protecting your inventions and creations can be costly. Many startups fail because they lose control of their intellectual property rights. Some entrepreneurs are too aggressive in protecting their ideas and they end up in court with patent lawyers that take advantage of young entrepreneurs. Other startups fail because they do not protect their intellectual property rights, and that allows other businesses to steal the idea and turn around and sell it to others.

Setting up non-disclosure agreements. Before you start a business, it is wise to consult with a lawyer to determine what type of non-disclosure agreements you need to create. Your non-disclosure agreement should not only protect you, but it should also protect the business and protect the investment from being stolen. Some startup entrepreneurs get their best ideas from venture capitalists but choose not to sign non-disclosure agreements. These entrepreneurs are risking their entire future and their careers on the startup idea.

Liability insurance. Some new startups choose to work with venture capitalists without getting liability insurance. The venture capitalists then transfer their risk to you, which is a risky situation for both you and the venture capitalists. Many new businesses fail because they cannot afford adequate liability insurance, and they therefore run into bankruptcy. You should make sure you have sufficient liability insurance before working with venture capitalists.

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