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5 steps to starting your first business

Starting a business is the American dream. As your own boss, you get to call all the shots. Not to mention the fact that you have more control of your personal growth, professional growth and income.

It's critical to take these five steps when starting your first business:

  • Do your research: From your local market to the industry as a whole, make sure you understand what you're getting into if you start a business. For example, you may find that your local market is saturated with similar businesses, which may cause you to shift gears.
  • Review your finances: Regardless of the type of business you're starting, it's going to cost you money. Review your finances to better understand how you'll pay for startup costs, as well as the expenses you may run into in the future. Also, consider if you'll need to take out a loan or raise money in a different manner.
  • Create a business plan: It doesn't sound exciting, but many entrepreneurs find themselves enjoying the process. This gives you the opportunity to plan out the finer details of your business, ranging from your responsibilities to who you need to hire to how you'll spend your money.
  • Choose a business structure: Will you incorporate? Is an LLC the right structure? How about a partnership? Will you remain a sole proprietor for the time being? There are pros and cons of each type of business structure, so compare all the necessary details.
  • Choose a location: Depending on the type of business, you may decide to work from home. If that doesn't suit you, it's time to work with a local real estate agent or broker to find office space in your desired area.

When you take these five steps, you'll feel better about the path you're on when starting your first business.

If you run into any challenges along the way, such as confusion about which type of business structure is best, take a step back and collect advice from others. This will help you make the right decisions at the right time, all with the idea of putting your business in position to succeed from day one.

Visit our website and read our blog for more information on how to start your first business in Washington and what to watch out for along the way.

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