Write a business plan: According to Caron Beesley, in the article, “Starting a Business? 10 Steps Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know,” every business needs to start off with a business plan. “A well-prepared plan – revisited often – will help you steer your business all along its growth curve,” Beesley says. “Try to think of your business plan as a living, breathing project, not a one-time document. Break it down into mini-plans – one for marketing, one for pricing, one for operations, and so on.”
Just slap a name on it: Have you decided on a business name? If not, don’t sweat it. At least that’s what Jeff Haden states in his article, “How to Start a Small Business in a Few Hours,” on Inc.com (http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-start-a-small-business-in-a-few-hours.html). “Many people agonize endlessly over dreaming up the perfect company name. Don't. If you're waiting until you come up with the perfect name, you're also waiting to start making money,” Haden says.
Want to learn more? Make sure to get Courier’s Business Guide (coming July 2014).