When you start a new business, it can sometimes be hard to find out the information you need to know. That’s because there is never a simple “how-to” guide that all new entrepreneurs can refer to. People often have to scour the Web and speak to all kinds of different people to make the best start for their new enterprises.
Other firms will seldom share the secrets to starting a business for obvious reasons. At times, it can seem like you’re all alone in the big, bad world of business. Today I would like to offer you a helping hand with your new business. I’m going to share with you some of those “secrets” that you won’t find many people telling you!
Find ways of automating your business
It might sound like a strange concept to you. But it’s possible to automate a lot of the work your new startup business will do! Automation saves you time and money. Those are two things you will seldom have in these early stages.
For instance, you can use tools like Hootsuite to automate your social media campaigns. With such services, you can schedule messages to Facebook and Twitter accounts so that you can get on with other tasks!
Outsource your customer services
Your new business will sell products, services or both. Who will support your clients if they need help with the things they buy from you? One way is to hire an army of customer service agents working at a call center.
But it costs a lot of money to set up such operations. Instead, you are better off outsourcing your customer support. Companies of all shapes and sizes outsource their call center needs. It helps them to grow their business and improve existing products and services.
Drive company cars without paying a fortune
It’s likely you will need to meet with prospective and existing clients on a regular basis. The most common way to do that is to meet them at their premises. But you need a car to do that, right?
Rather than using your car for such tasks, it makes more sense to lease company cars. There will doubtless be a few people in your business that spend a lot of time on the road. And this is where having vehicles for business use makes sense.
Despite what you may think, managing a fleet of cars is easy and affordable:
- There are plenty of leasing companies you can approach to get the best deals;
- You can choose cars that offer low CO2 emissions, resulting in low taxes;
- Fuel cards make it easy to manage the purchase of petrol and diesel; and
- Fleet insurance can get arranged through websites like insure-fleet.co.uk.
Set up a business plan before you start
OK, so this is the last but by no means least important point I’d like to make. If you don’t have a clear focus or direction, you won’t know how best to grow your business. That’s why it is crucial you have a business plan in place before you go live, so to speak.
Your business plan should document why you want to start the business. It should also state how you intend to make money, and who your core customers are.