Some first steps you can take in planning are to consider the following:
1.Talk to potential customers about your product or service.
2. Analyze your competition
3. Consider possible start-up approaches.
4. Get an idea of your start up costs and anticipated sales.
5. Prepare a simple action plan.
6. Look at each part of your business idea from many angles.
Who do you know that can support you and your business?
Friends, family and even neighbors can help you in your business planning. Do you have a family friend that has operated a business? People often enjoy sharing their experiences and their wisdom.
The Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) is group of retired business people that offer advice and guidance, free of charge. http://www.score.org/
As you develop your business other businesses in the community will become part of your support team. You will make contacts in the marketing field, insurance, and banking. Get to know these people they might have a lot to offer.
Additional Web Resources
The Alaska Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development has a website that also helps people in the beginning stages of small business development. Their site can be found at:
The Idaho Small Business Development Center has developed some tools to help people assess their readiness to begin a small business. This is their recommended first steps to starting a business. Their site can be found at:
Roger Shelley at 907-264-6265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For assistance or additional information contact:The Center for Human Development by email | 2702 Gambell Street, Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99503 | Phone: 907-272-8270 | Toll Free: 1-800-243-2199
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