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Starting Out in Business the 10 fundamentals you should know!

A few years ago information for people starting a business was pretty thin on the ground. People used to talk to the bank manager, their mates down the pub and maybe their families to get information.

Now it seems we are at the other extreme, we almost have information over load. I just Googled “starting a business” and it came back with 18,700,000 results.

Top of the list was Business Link and HMRC which, admittedly, are probably two of the most important. Business Link in particular have invested heavily in their website and the information on there is relevant, up to date and useful. (See Link below)

10 things no-one tells you

Despite this wealth of published information there are still some key fundamentals, which I recommend to every new and existing business, that don’t seem to be covered anywhere else and these are:

  1. Get a separate bank account and keep your business cash separate from your personal cash. Pay yourself out of this bank account once a month and don’t use it for personal items.
  2. Get an accountant as soon as possible they will save you money in the long run. Make sure they offer fixed fees and unlimited advice and if possible they allow you to pay over 12 months.
  3. Get a spreadsheet from your accountant to keep your transactions on or better still sign up to xero.com or another online system or get Sage.
  4. Register with HMRC and make sure you meet their deadlines. Attend one of their running your own business seminars. Use an accountant to help you meet your deadlines but make sure you are on top of these.
  5. Track your cash on a simple spreadsheet so you know how much cash you are likely to have and when you are likely to run out.  It will give you peace of mind and will aid in a good night sleep if you have this information at hand.
  6. Get a database to keep track of customers. Use a spreadsheet, try Act from Sage or use an online system but get one and record details of everything. It will help you get organised and save you time in the long run.
  7. On your computer don’t use my documents to save everything. Set up a separate folder with the name of your business and then set up sub folders for customers, suppliers, marketing etc and make sure you back this up.
  8. When marketing for the business don’t blow the budget on one form of advertising. Test different approaches and measure the response. Do more of the thing that worked. A client of mine spent £10,000 on a well-known paper based and online directory and received very little response.
  9. Get a website. Even if it’s a one pager with your contact details on it. Ensure you have the things people are likely to search for you included in the page headings and content and get it submitted to Google. Set up a Google places page and get your site listed on as many free listings as you can such as www.accsysnetwork.co.uk . This will give you a higher page rank in Google and increase the chances of your website being found.
  10. Become and expert or the go to guy or gal in your industry for what you do. Experts earn more and attract more customers than anyone else. Become famous for what you do. Think Martin Lewis the expert money saver. He is the go to expert for money saving advice and it has made him a millionaire. Become your own expert in your industry by writing about what you do, by commenting on blogs and forums or by setting up your own website. It doesn’t have to be expensive moneysavingexpert.com costs £100 when it was made in 2003 and it now has 7 million users each month.

If this doesn’t sound like advice that you would ordinarily expect from your accountant then that’s because we aren’t your ordinary accountants!

It’s true we do take care of your accounts, tax and payroll service but we are also interested in your whole business. We want you to be a success and in order for you to do that we need to look passed the accounts the year end, passed your day to day bookkeeping and at the business and what you want from it and what you want it to become.

Our Business Review Programme comes in two versions start up and growing and helps you take a look at the business from a different perspective, review it and come up with a plan to take it where you want it to go. You don’t even need to change accountants to enjoy the benefits of this service.

If you would like more information about anything mentioned here please call Will on 01622 671 835

Useful Links

http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073858805
http://www.accsysltd.co.uk/services/other-services/



 
 
 
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