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|Develop a Successful Business Foundation Second to None
Looking to start a new business? Starting a new business can be
a complex, exciting time. There are many aspects to explore.
Consider this startling statistic approximately 97% of small
businesses fail or under perform. There are certain areas that
need to be addressed and it may be overwhelming at first. You
have to develop an action plan. A new business requires
marketing strategies, operations strategies, finance strategies,
human resource strategies, and e-business strategies. These
aspects are the foundation of a new business.
Being new to the business world can be overwhelming at first. A
company with knowledgeable consultants and real world business
experience can be beneficial. A company is broken up into two
main categories: internal operations and external operations.
They are of equal importance. In order to address these two
categories they need to be defined. Internal operations are made
up of human resources, operations, and finances. Successful
companies have trained professionals with the right experience
to prioritize and create a concrete starting point. Human
resources are the variable that is the most costly, yet most
beneficial. Productivity, utilization, education, and training
are areas that require experience and good judgment. When the
work environment runs smooth and congruent, the productivity and
rate of success will increase proportionally. Employees who are
trained and receive incentives for their dedication to a
company's goal become more motivated and competitive. Employees
are the backbone of any corporation, big or small. Choosing the
right people, with the right skills, will accomplish the goals,
increase productivity, save money, and increase profit.
The second building block in starting a business is operations.
You will want to be efficient, yet cost effective. Business
processes that run smoothly, with limited disruptions, create a
coherent environment. It reduces the workload of employees and
provides excellent customer service. Every business has to
develop procedures and rules to ensure a standard. The flow of
resources, products, and supplies are never ending in a
The third building block in starting a business is finance.
Make your money work for you. In order to secure finances from a
lender, you are going to need accurate and complete information.
A lender will want to see a business plan, marketing plan, and
financial statements. It is important to remember that there are
many businesses looking for funding, so you need to be precise.
Each lender is going to want to know every aspect of your
business and what you intend to do. Many start up businesses
need an outside perspective that will provide the necessary
services required making sure your company's assets and finances
are profitable. Reviewing your business and marketing plans
before you submit them to a lender will increase a positive
response time. Submitting a flawless funding request will help
secure your funds.
The second category is external operations. This includes
marketing, public relations, advertising, and a website.
Marketing is very important when starting a business. You need
to get the
word out on your company and all you have to offer.
Effective marketing takes advantage of new trends and
strategies. Your marketing plan needs flexibility to change with
your customer's habits. You will need to do research. You need
to know who your market is, where they are, and what they are
demanding. Detailed research identifies objectives to reach your
market leading to a successful marketing plan. Creativity and
consistency will ensure success. To be successful in today's
market you want to make sure your company's website is
accessible in all-major search engines and directories. Your
company needs up to date technology and trends to secure online
partnerships and increase visibility and marketing. Finding a
company that offers all-inclusive programs to target specific
markets can give you that inside edge. A program consisting of
strategic consulting, promotional planning and execution, media
planning, and merchandising will increase your exposure and
clientele. A state of the art presentation and event marketing
creates new business and sponsorship with media and top clients.
Great events are remembered and spread the word about your
Professional public relations programs designed to generate
large quantities of news articles and media exposure are key.
They increase public awareness, demand, recognition, and
visibility. Nothing builds a business like exposure. A new
business owner needs professionals who can generate media
exposure that you cannot buy on your own including full color
catalogues, brochures, print ads, and customized color ads for
major magazines and newspapers, increasing your image in the
This final step will separate you from your competition. You
need an engaging, informative, easy to follow website. Your
website is your calling card. A good website, especially for a
business starting out, is extremely important. Design and create
a website with the most up to date technology and applications.
This will heighten exposure and your company's image.
Continually monitoring the website and making the necessary
changes including graphics, text, and information will keep you
ahead of your competition. Choose the best website to target
your customers and help reach your goals and objectives. A
website will build loyalty and create a cost-effective way for
customers to do business with you in a fast paced market.
Sure these are only a few steps in starting a business. There
is a lot of planning involved. These steps are crucial to a
successful business and Rising Star Strategies will ease the
transition. Their experts are here to help you. They specialize
in all the areas you will need to achieve to have a successful
business. They work one-on-one to address concerns and help you
get your foot in the door.
Visit http://www.risingstarstrategies.com today to achieve a
successful business in a way that meets your requirements.
About the author:
J.P. Riley, President of Rising Star Strategies has over 20
years of business development and promotional profit building
experience. Mr. Riley can be reached at 203 564-1924/East Coast
or 310 242-6696 West Coast.