10 Simple Steps
To dramatically increase your odds of successfully staying above water for the first 1-3 years, approach your Business Plan the way mountain bikers approach Moab – considered one of the best spots in the nation. The scenery (profit potential) is amazing, but if you don’t keep your eyes on what’s directly ahead, prepared, and on your toes Slickrock Trail will get the best of you and you’ll probably get hurt (go broke!).
Take Action: Seize upon our free and easy email-based Business Planning Course designed to get you from A-to-Z as pleasantly as possible. Plus, we provide tons of other great tools along the way.
With initial planning in production the next big step is to incorporate and in the process handle parts of steps 2 & 3 and secure your name by filing/registering with the state. Don’t invest money until you know your brand name isn’t already taken! Analyze each of the types of business structures (legal entities) and assess which one is ideal for where you intend on taking your brand. Without legal help, online incorporation providers are amazing here and save you tons of cash.
Take Action: As this part of starting a business can be rather sensitive, we’ve developed quick-guides for the most popular entities if you want to skip over to those.
With a stable and relatively predictable startup-friendly climate, in Utah your brand can enjoy lower operating/tax costs and what many consider the most well-managed tax and governance system in America. Across the board, from a young/savvy workforce to 1-day truck service, first you need to get synced with the state tax laws! Afterwards, douse yourself in Hatch Family Chocolate to celebrate.
You’ll need to get a business license from the city or county in which you’re located so keep that in mind for step 6. No worries though, their regulatory environment is literally designed for both big hitters and smaller to medium-sized platforms looking to really weigh in.
This step’s the easiest. Just pick a great banking institution and open up benefit-infused business accounts (completely separate from personal accounts of any kind) so your financials are all in one place, clean and tidy.
Whether you’re headed for Salt Lake City or any of its suburbs, the bustle of West Jordan (saw a population boom of over 50% between 2000-2010), or the southwestern glory of St. George, Utah’s a great place to do business. Or, have a family, live the single-solopreneur life, become a salt water taffy addict, etc.
Take Action: Listen, we know picking a spot can be tough if it doesn’t somehow happen naturally through your personal/professional networks. If you’d like to brush up on everything that goes into making this decision, refer to our friendly guide on How to Choose the Perfect Location.
Folks, Utah’s got it all when it comes to your brand’s veracious hunger for capital – conventional loans, VC funds, angel investment groups, state-level programs galore, tons of CrowdFunders, social lending fans, and on and on. All that matters is what you’re willing to reach out and grab, like plucking a peach from a tree just south of Willard.
Take Action: The email course we mentioned in Step 1 really comes in handy here because planning and finances go together like Fry Sauce and fries. You can also browse our guide on How to Finance a Business to start generating ideas.
No one’s insinuating you need a website as stilling and breathtaking as Zion National Park or Capital Reef, just be functional and user-friendly. Again, Utah has a primarily younger demographic that’s filled with millennials. But in all honesty, would you take any brand or business seriously if they didn’t have a website you could check out or some sort of digital presence other than product/service pages?
Take Action: If you could use some help in this department the first step is finding the right platform, which thankfully there aren’t too many yet. Head on over to this easy Business Website Builder Guide to get a head start.
Here we go, with steps 1-8 in the rear view mirror it’s nothing but sales and brand expansion to the promise land. And, it’s here where success or failure is decided. Truth be told, there really is no concrete right or wrong about it. You’re playing the odds, rolling the universal dice, so do try and relax a little along the way.
Take Action: The #1 method to increasing your odds of success is through networking, period. Each day make it your/your team’s goal to open as many doors of potential as it takes to make one real connection with an ideal client, customer or user.
Boom, at this point you should be the owner of an official, in-operation and being-marketed business. So please consider Startup Savant as a reliable resource to turn to for tools, insight from fellow change-makers, and motivational content that keeps you chugging along, onward and upward. The good life.
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