Starting your own business is not an easy task. Kudos for having the courage and belief to pull it off. You may be in the first year of your new business and find that some things are going very well, while others seem destined to spell doom for your infant company.
Fear not! Here is a quick list of experiences you may have as a new business owner, and how to handle them like a business pro.
When Faced with Unexpected Expenses
Do not panic. There is no need to abandon ship just yet. Starting a business requires capital, and despite our best efforts to plan for every dime that comes out of our pocket, you can never be absolutely sure when a new expense might sneak up.
That’s why it is important always to leave some wiggle room with your initial investment. Adjust your budget and planning to account for unexpected expenses and reevaluate the long term.
There might be a temptation to start cutting your costs here and there to remedy unexpected costs and keep your remaining capital, but you should never compromise your original vision for the sake of cost.
If you are running a business from home and realize the website design you originally wanted is much more expensive to operate, you shouldn’t abandon the desired design for something that may not achieve the original flow and functionality of your original vision.
Take the hits now, and remember that you are new to the whole DIY business lifestyle; while things may surprise you now, they should only surprise you once.
What You Need to Focus On
…is a matter of pragmatism, not preference. Being in charge offers you a brand-new swath of freedoms you may not have experienced as an employee in a larger company.
There is something attractive about being the boss of your own business, and having the luxury to run it as you so choose, but it’s important to remember that it isn’t all about you.
It’s about the customer.
Many times, a new business owner will get caught up in the marketing behind their product. They will invest most of their time and capital in making a beautiful website or invest large amounts of money to increase their outreach, but in doing so, they overlook the consumer and even the product they wish to sell.
As a new business owner, you must always consider the consumer needs and how to make your product fit that need. Prioritize the customer first, and the rest will fall into place.
With Tax Season Just Around the Corner
Plan now. To new business owners, filing your business taxes can seem like a daunting challenge equivalent to sprinting down a tightrope. The best thing you can do as an owner is to fully understand the kind of business that you are operating, and the appropriate way to file your taxes for that business type.
A huge distinction you should make initially is whether your business is based from your home or outside your home. Working from home offers many potential deductions for your business. It is important to know how to correctly file for the appropriate deductions.
You may want to consider employing the assistance of a tax service to help guide you through the process until you learn the ins and outs yourself.
Above All, Remember That
Reaping success from your business will take time. It may be years before you really start to see significant progress in your company. Not all new businesses are so fortunate to become viral sensations overnight.
There will be challenges as you embark on your new business venture. Many people give up before they even get started, but by taking the step you have already proven to have the kind of moxie to see out your first year and keep moving forward in the years to come.
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Guest Contributor: Jim McKinley
Jim is a retired banker. He created MoneywithJim to share his advice and other resources on a variety of financial topics. He hopes to use his knowledge as a retired banker to help people make sound financial decisions.