With a sluggish job market, more Americans are trying their hand at entrepreneurship. Starting a business in Minnesota can be both rewarding and challenging. However, taking the right steps right off the bat way can play a major role in the overall success of the business.
One of the most immediate issues for entrepreneurs is obtaining enough capital to start operations. Although many may borrow through traditional means, it may not be your best option for every situation.
Entrepreneurs should consider adopting the mental attitude that they can benefit most by starting out with as little debt as possible. Taking out a bank loan isn't always the best idea; in fact, many business ventures have been started without loan money. This process is called bootstrapping and, as the name implies, business owners who choose this option work within their means to succeed. For many Minnesota business owners, moving forward in their business is contingent upon the amount of capital available at any given time.
Start on familiar ground. Working out of your garage or even at your kitchen table will save you money. It requires no rent to pay. Minnesota residents wishing to start a business can do so without the hassle of paying two rents when they use the space they already have.
It is smart to consider getting paid first. Asking for at least half of a payment immediately and the other half upon completion of services will allow a business owner to have a cash flow that can be used to grow the business.
Owners can also consider keeping costs low and profits higher by outsourcing. If one can contract out services at a lower price, it is possible to save money and time. In addition, this can help grow a business faster.
When starting a business in Minnesota, it may be wise to pursue advice from all resources willing to provide assistance. Seeking legal counsel can also be a good idea to ensure that a business starts on the right footing. Making sure the legal aspects of starting a business are in order from the start may be a valuable investment for future success. Understanding what's expected based on the laws in Minnesota as it pertains to a business can be critical.
Source: Fox Business, "5 Ways to Start a Business With Little or No Money," Donna Fuscaldo, Nov. 16, 2012