When you’re starting a business, things can get pretty overwhelming.
There are many factors that go into a smooth business launch, and sometimes it can feel like those factors are moving targets. It’s not easy to stay organized when there seem to be dozens of things that need to be set up before you open.
Here are a few things that every small business owner should do before they start taking clients.
- Apply For Business Insurance
Business insurance is a very important piece of the puzzle when you’re opening your business.
Your business insurance needs will vary depending on what type of business you’re opening, whether you will have a storefront that you’re responsible for, and whether you plan on having employees.
- If you will have a storefront, you should be covered by property and liability insurance
- If you will be working as a chiropractor or in a field where you will be administering care to a client or patient, liability insurance is likely a good idea
- If you will be hiring employees, Worker’s Compensation Insurance is important.
Chat with an insurance agent to find out what will work best for your business.
- Register Your Business with the Government
Before you can legally operate your business in the U.S., you need to choose which type of business you’d like to open, register your business for taxes and a business name (in some cases), and obtain a business license or permit.
In some cases, business owners need to register a Federal Business Tax ID, as well.
The regulations vary from state to state. You can find out more about the steps you need to take here [link to the Everything You Need to Know post], or by visiting the U.S. Small Business Administration website.
- Start a Website
Even if you’re serving local clients, it’s still important to have a website.
Many people will find your business online and book appointments with you. Make sure that you start a website and open a Schedulicity account.
While you start your website, reserve your social media accounts with your business name so you can keep in touch with your clients online.
- Set Your Hours
New business owners often make a common mistake by not setting the hours they want to work before they open up their business.
Because they don’t have set hours, they often end up overworking themselves and working sporadic hours.
Your business is a big part of your life, but it’s only one portion. Having regular hours that you work with clients not only helps the client book appointments with you, but it also lets you have more division between your work and personal life, which is important.
Consider what type of hours you’d like to work before opening your doors for business. Do you want to take clients in the evenings, or on weekends? Are you happy to work a standard business day?
- Order Printed Marketing Materials
When you start taking clients, you’d be surprised at how quickly you’ll need printed marketing materials like business cards, branded posters, stationery and brochures.
It’s best to already have these things instead of scrambling to order them when you need them.
You can order them online at a website like Vistaprint, or find a local print shop to have these materials made.
- Do A Test Run
Do you have a friend or a family member you can do a test run on as if they were a client?
Doing a test run before taking your first client can be very helpful, as it will allow you to find any equipment or supplies needs that you forgot about and just allow you to see the flow of the work as you go through the process with a client.
If you find in your test run that you do need a piece of equipment that you forgot about, you can get it before taking your first client, which will save you from a potentially difficult situation.
Once you have these systems and parts in place, you’ll be almost ready to open the doors, begin taking clients, and be your own boss.