Perhaps the most difficult and lengthy section of a start-up business plan is conducting a market analysis. You can describe your products and services all day long. I’m sure you can even forecast the future financial success of your business. Yet, when it comes to completing a statistical overview of your industry norms and the customers you intend to target, you get hung-up. By understanding your industry, though, you will gain a better understanding of who your target market is and how you can make an impact on your industry’s current marketplace.
As a small business owner, I understand the desire and importance of taking care of your employees. The task of providing for your family and your employees’ families can be daunting. You can do both! However, providing retirement plans for small businesses requires us business owners to be very cost-conscience. This attention to cost needs to be a driving force when looking at the different plans, but not the only consideration.
Business owners can be some of the most philanthropic people on the planet. No one makes more charitable donations than business owners. The IRS estimates business owners give to five or more charities, which translates to them being about 10 times more generous than that of the general population. In fact, 83% of high net worth business owners actually plan to increase their giving in the next three years as well.
As an entrepreneur, you’ll have no trouble coming up with your big business idea. However, putting that idea on paper to determine it’s viability in the business world is a different matter. Most go-getters like you don’t want to stop on their way to success. You want to start making money and solving the world’s problems immediately. But just because you have the personality of a business owner doesn’t mean you’re ready to be one. Therefore, I have listed 10 essential questions for you to answer before starting your business.
If you are still working to get your 2017 taxes done before the October 15th extension deadline, you need to make sure the tax returns you are filing are accurate. Making even the smallest mistake on your tax return will likely prolong the entire process. Here are a few of the most common errors to avoid people make: