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Know your plan to help your business succeed

Starting a new business has the potential to be a lot of fun, and it's probably a major dream of yours. There are things you should know as you begin. There are many planning steps that could help you on the path to opening a successful business.

To start with, every business should have a business plan. Having a business plan is necessary if you need a loan, but even if not, it may help you understand what you need to do, and when, to make your business as successful as possible.

Another good idea is to know about different kinds of financing. You might not need financial help to start with, but it's a good idea to have a savings or other options ready in case you run into unexpected costs. Getting some help learning about options from others who have successfully started a business is one way to get an idea of what you could do if you fall short financially.

You also need to pick a good business location. This may be one of the most important decisions you make, so be sure to do your research. Know the zoning regulations, if there's access to the location by public transportation and other important facts about the location you choose before you sign a contract.

Doing all these things helps you better understand what you need when you open your business. A good business plan makes sure you're prepared, so fewer unexpected issues arise. Your attorney can help you prepare contracts, your business plan and more so you're ready to begin.

Source: U.S. Small Business Administration, "Starting a Business? 10 Steps Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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