The latest news from the Small Business Administration is that only 60% of new businesses survive at least 2 years. Of that 60%, only 44% survive another two years. It is a fact that more small businesses fail then succeed. The two main reasons for failure are lack of planning and funding. While we can’t help with the funding part, we can offer some ideas about new Denver business planning.
We found at least five things Denver entrepreneurs should consider as part of their development process. We understand there are more, but this is a good start.
- Understand the risks and legal issues – It is important to any new start up to understand all the legal and regulatory statutes and laws surrounding their business. Hire a good attorney to help you; it will be worth the expense. Hire a professional insurance agent to help you understand what your risks are, how to manage the risks, and how to protect yourself from the risks. DCInsurers – Mountain, knows how important it is to have the right kind and amount of insurance coverage for your business. We also know how challenging it can be to sort through the numerous different insurance options to find the right policy.
- Start with a good name – Your name needs to tell the story of what your firm does. For example, if you are starting a bakery, the name “Smith Brothers” fails to tell the public what you do. Also, depending on your market, it is probably not a good idea to use a foreign language as part of your name. Keep your name simple but innovative.
- Develop a marketing plan
- Who is your target market?
- What is the current competition?
- How can you fill a need?
- What strategies do you need to undertake to tell your story?
- What are the costs of doing business?
- Develop a Web strategy- It doesn’t matter what business you are in, you must develop a web presence. This would include a web page, social media (Facebook & LinkedIn) and a blog. For some industries, Twitter and Pinterest are important as well.
- Seek out trusted advisors- Whether your trusted advisor provides pointers on business strategy, helps you bolster your networking efforts, or acts as a confidant, it is good to have someone on your team. Hire a competent attorney, insurance agent, accountant and payroll HR/firm
- Make sure you understand the difference between a LLC and sole proprietor. Use your accountant for this.
- Make sure you insure owner disability and life. As your business gets started the owner needs to be protected.
There are many different types of insurance, but only a handful of them are going to be suitable to your business’s needs. Here at DCInsurers – Mountain, our expert and professional independent insurance agents are dedicated to finding you the right coverage for all of your Denver business or commercial Insurance, needs.