Proper planning will take much of the headache out of starting a business venture. You will need to begin by writing a business plan that will outline in detail exactly what your business is, how you intend to run it, how you will finance it, who your competition is, and any other details of the business that will dictate its success or failure. You may want to consider taking a course on writing a business plan or talk to an experienced business person or lawyer who can help you with these first crucial steps to starting business venture.
The next step after writing the business plan is to secure funding for your business venture. There are several ways to fund your business, and you will have to do some careful research about each option; the best option for one business venture may not be the best option for another, and you will need to assess the size of your business as well as your six-month and one-year projections. You can secure a business loan from a bank, or you can consider less traditional options like crowd sourcing; you may also seek out investors or venture capitalists who will lend you the money to get started.
Think next about where you will run your business venture from. The location must be chosen carefully, as you will need to consider the functions of your business on a daily basis. A delivery company, for example, should be opened in a location that is not routinely clogged with traffic; a factory will need a significant amount of storage space; a bakery will need a space with appropriate furnishings for a kitchen; and a retail store will need to be in an area with significant walking or driving traffic so the storefront gets exposure. The location will play into your budget as well, as prime locations tend to be more expensive than less attractive spaces.
Be sure to apply for all the proper permits and licenses for your business venture. These licenses and permits can vary from location to location, and they may vary according to the type of business you intend to open. Restaurants, for example, will need to be inspected by the health department, while a photography studio is likely to be able to skip such an inspection. Business licenses, liquor licenses, tax identification numbers, and so on are all considerations you will need to take into account before opening.