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Experiences with starting a business

  1. Apr 16, 2005 #1

    Pengwuino

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    Im starting a business and i was wondering what your guyses experiences have been with businesses? What is the big cause for people not making it and what things do i need to consider when planning out the business? Also, what kind of scams should i avoid if there are any and what should i be on the lookout for.... any help would be... helpful! :D
     
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  3. Apr 16, 2005 #2
    Starting your own business requires,1% inspiration..and 99% perspiration and spend all you can afford on advertising. Learn to keep your own books/records the correct way.
    When I started mine I worked over a year before takeing a day off. Now some 15 years latter..lol I still work too much! I don't mind because my business is fun with very little stress.
     
  4. Apr 16, 2005 #3

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    Crap.... are you serius? I dont think i have a whole percent of inspiration ;) lol. Im in college so i cant be there 100% of the time. I need an employee for 2 days out of the week. And what would be the 'correct way' of keeping my books?
     
  5. Apr 16, 2005 #4

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    Do you have a business plan? http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/

    Most of the failures I see in business are due to not understanding the competition, what is going to set you apart from the others that do what you do or sell what you sell?
     
  6. Apr 16, 2005 #5

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    I really dont have a formal business plan. Its a computer sales/repair shop and i dont have a formal business plan. The only thing i can see putting my self above the competition is well... i have 2 groups of competition. 1 is the big stores like best buy and such... but they charge a lot and you can't get customized computers from there so i hope to grab onto the market that whats a custom computer but doenst know how to do it themselves. Plus repair work is so expensive at the big stores. The other group is the other shops in teh city. I think i can be more... coop then competative with them. I dont see me driving them out or visa versa and i think its just we all kinda exist within our areas.

    Plus im hopen to get a spot next to this PC gaming place where there has to be a lot of computer-lovers around who like gaming. The just do gaming, no repair or selling or anything.
     
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    JasonRox

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    If you can't keep books and can't analyse finances in any way, forget it.
     
  9. Apr 16, 2005 #8

    Pengwuino

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    How complicated can it be?

    All my purchases will come from 1 distributor and 1 other website.
    Dont see anything special other then a guy comen in and fillen out an order form or a work form and comen back later to pickup the computer and paying.
     
  10. Apr 16, 2005 #9

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    Then you may have a niche. You don't have any large upfront investments to worry about or employees, that's good.

    Make sure you have some kind of disclaimer to protect yourself. You don't want someone claiming you destroyed thousands of dollars of their computer equipment if they aren't satisfied.
     
  11. Apr 16, 2005 #10

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    I will have 1 employee though for 2 days a week... and yah im going to get a lawyer to look at how to protect myself from lawsuits
     
  12. Apr 17, 2005 #11
    Incorporating yourself is the best defence. But please check the link in my last post..down at the bottom of the page go to Publication 583 and read it.
     
  13. Apr 17, 2005 #12

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    Oh i really dont think i can incorporate. I wouldnt be able to do everything required that real corporations due (even though a lot of small business corporations dont either). Im looking into a limited liability company (LLC) though...
     
  14. Apr 18, 2005 #13

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    The two biggest things you will have to overcome are:

    1)Getting clientelle. You will have to do a lot of hustling to do this. Don't rely simply on word of mouth advertising.

    2)In that business, you are going to have a heck of a balancing act with your sales vs. your on hand inventory. Since computer stuff gets outdated weekly, you will have to be very prudent with what supplies/items you decide to have on hand for sale. You are going to have to be very good with estimating the absolute minimum amount of capital to invest in your inventory.

    An LLC is definitely the way to go. Limited Liability is the key.

    P.S. My wife runs her own business.
     
  15. Apr 18, 2005 #14

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    Well its going to be more of a shop and not a retail store. Peole come in needing something fixed or want to buy a whole system... we take the orders and fill em. If someone asks for a certain part, we can get it for them too.
     
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