Many excellent business ideas fail due to mistakes made when beginning the company. Failure could take months — or it could take years — but the problems often go back to the very first days of conception.
While there is no way to guarantee your business is a success, building solid foundations will reduce the risk.
Take time when you start your company to create foundation for success
Your enthusiasm could cause you to rush when starting your business. Here are some things to consider:
- Choose the right partners: Relationships will be critical to the success of your company. If starting a business with someone else, take time to ensure you have the right partner.
- Choose the appropriate business structure: Not everyone needs a limited liability corporation (LLC). There are advantages and disadvantages to each legal structure. The important thing is to use the best type for you.
- Create great contracts: The idea of a contract is it protects you. It sets the boundaries for your relationship and explains what will happen if it is not functioning. Trying to run a business without solid contracts is like trying to play a sport with no rules. You need contracts with business partners, investors, employees, clients and suppliers.
- Understand the rules and regulations: Many people start a business because they like their freedom, but you have to consider zoning regulations, environmental regulations, safety standards, employment laws, tax laws and more when you start your business.
- Protect yourself: One problem could put you under if you do not have adequate insurance. One ex-employee could take all your clients if you do not have protection clauses in your contracts. If you do not research others’ intellectual property rights, your business idea might be dead before it starts.
Getting the legal matters correct when starting a business is essential. Failing to do so increases the chance of problems later. Working with an experienced attorney can help you avoid critical operational mistakes from the very start.