A businessman hold the newspaper about the New Business Checklist

1: NEW BUSINESS CHECKLIST – 1 OF 10

Failure is not an option, starting out on the right path is. A vast majority of business failures are the result of simply not knowing what you don’t know, what you need to know.. Most entrepreneurs face a rapid succession of crucial business decisions on subjects they never encountered before. Many don’t know a good professional, and/or can’t afford one, so they do what any good entrepreneur does, they wing it. “Winging it”, when it comes to starting a business is not the best option, using this article is. That doesn’t mean you should use this as a replacement for a professional, just as a guide that will inform, educate and empower you.

Don’t waste your money! Before any business starts, and needlessly spend money they skip over the 1st fundamental step of every business, which is the viability of the business. There are some simple steps to take before formally launching. I cover that in following blog posts.

Having money to spend on your business can actually be a detriment. Many enthusiastic entrepreneurs tend to overspend on things that won’t necessarily increase their odds of success, myself included! Laying out a few simple budgeting items can make or break you, especially if you have limited funds. I cover this in steps 2 – 4.

Legal, tax and insurance compliance, and administrative issues, if not correctly implemented from the start can cost plenty, in both time and money. I cover these in step 5 and Other Relevant Issues.

So, before quitting your day job to open your small business ideas list I strongly suggest reading the entire series. Good luck with your venture!

Step 2

Prepare A Monthly Personal Expense Budget.

You need to determine how much you need to generate in distributions from your business to at least meet your monthly outlay. Unless you are already out of work with no other income options, you need to keep paying your bills. Don’t just quit your job unless you have at least a year’s worth of savings to carry you through.

The reason for this is that without a cushion you will feel the stress of having to make money. Stress clouds our judgment and drains our energy. You always need to be in tip-top shape mentally and physically. You’re going to have enough distractions and obstacles, to begin with, and don’t need to add any self-imposed burdens on yourself. Additionally, knowing what you need is 1,000 times better than operating in the dark. Knowing your numbers is essential if you want to run a successful enterprise.

On the next page, there is a simple worksheet to help you to determine your monthly nut. Don’t make the mistake of omitting things like meals and entertainment, vacations, holidays, birthdays and the all-important surprises that are sure to occur like the car and home repairs. If you have children leave a nice big fudge factor. This is just your expenses, not revenue and not even broken out on a monthly basis. It’s just an estimate. So, don’t go into needless details. Keep it simple!

PERSONAL MONTHLY EXPENSE SCHEDULE

CATEGORY
AMOUNT
FOOD

CLOTHING

RENT/MORTGAGE

DWELLING REPAIRS / IMPROVEMENTS

CAR PAYMENTS

CAR REPAIRS / MAINTENANCE

GAS

AUTO INSURANCE

UTILITIES

CELL PHONE

BIRTHDAYS / HOLIDAYS / VACATION

DOCTORS / DENTIST

INSURANCE

LAUNDRY

LOANS AND CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS

MISC-FUDGE FACTORS

TOTAL

After checking off the personal expense budget, one of two things will happen.

Reality will set in and you will realize that starting a business checklist is a big risk, not worth taking or to proceed with caution.

You want to go on to the second item on the list.
Step 3

Prepare A Schedule Of Startup Cost.

These are the expenses and capital investments associated with getting the business off the ground before you start generating revenue. This is another potential blow to your plans on starting a business. Reason being is that entrepreneurs are full of enthusiasm and optimism, which is needed, but also one of the characteristics that get us into trouble. Getting the numbers down on paper brings us down to earth revealing exactly what’s at stake financially. It’s also the first step in learning how to know your numbers. Part of running a small business ideas list and successful business is knowing your numbers.

BUSINESS STARTUP COST

CATEGORY
AMOUNT
INVENTORY

1ST MONTH RENT / RENT SECURITY

UTILITY DEPOSIT

EQUIPMENT

WEBSITE

FURNITURE

COMPUTER / OFFICE SUPPLIES

LEGAL / ACCOUNTING

PRINTING

ADVERTISING

TRAVEL

OTHER COSTS

TOTAL

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Thanks! Joe