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Entrepreneurship is very in vogue right now. But here’s the problem: lots of new businesses fail, and fail within just a few years of their inception. That’s because there’s a right way to start a business, and a wrong way. Most people choose the wrong way without even knowing it. When starting a business, founders must plan carefully to ensure their new company is able to make it through the hurdles that are sure to come. While there are countless tips and tricks business owners can consider, there are three specific things that will help any founder succeed: clearly defined goals, a quality website and the proper registration.

Set Goals

As you prepare to start your new business, focus on creating achievable goals. These goals will provide your fledgling company with the structure and vision it needs to make progress. There are several resolutions your business should make that can help lead your business on a pathway to success. Your first few resolutions should include quantifiable and specific goals, like where you hope your business will go, how you plan to finance your goals and when and how your business will begin to make a profit. When setting their goals, business owners should focus on using the SMART acronym. SMART goals are time-based, relevant, achievable, measurable and specific. These goal-setting guidelines will help you create efficient goals that are easier to see through.

Create a Quality Website

Every company needs a website, regardless of how small a business it is. As such, when creating your new company, be sure to create a well-designed and easy-to-use website. According to studies, websites give brands more credibility, allowing their customers to gain a better understanding of the services and goods that their business provides. When creating your business’ website, focus on creating a site that is enjoyable to use from any device. By providing easy access to an aesthetically pleasing and functional website, you will be able to easily convert website visitors to customers. Similarly, your well-designed website should be easy to update without the assistance of a developer. This will guarantee that you’re always able to make sure your website is a relevant representation of your brand at any moment.

Register Your Business

In addition to setting your business goals and creating a website, you’ll need to make sure your company is considered an official business in the eyes of the law. By registering your business with local, state or federal agencies, your business will officially be a legally-recognized entity. As a small business owner, you may be able to benefit from an array of programs. In most situations, small business owners only need to obtain a federal tax ID. Be sure to do your research to determine which form of registration is most appropriate for your company. 

Business ownership is often overromanticized, and it’s definitely not easy compared to your usual 9-5. It is, however, worth it. And if you want to start your own business, use these essential stepping stones to get started on the path to success.