If you’ve made the decision to start trading as a limited company, then you will either scale up from a sole trader/partnership business or start straight away as a limited company. There are many reasons why you may have decided to make this change including the fact that an LTD sends a message of professionalism to clients; it can be useful in some industries and there are some transactions that can only work for limited companies.
To give you a head start in setting up your own limited company here are a few of the most important points to remember:
If you are starting a new company it takes more than a good idea. Make a comprehensive business plan for the present and future of your company. Set up the necessary structure and internal organization, policies and procedures to keep your company running smoothly. It doesn’t matter if you have a large company or one-man operation good planning is essential.
Don’t take on every task yourself, rather use the skills of other professionals and leave yourself time to concentrate on the things you are best at. You can employ the services of an accountant, freelance web developers, marketing professionals and office staff. By taking the pressure off you, you can focus on important money-generating tasks.
Make a Test Run
Test your idea to see if it is viable. Many new business owners embark on a certain path because they have a passion about a particular idea. However, it requires a lot more than a good idea to succeed in business. Do your research and find out if your target market is actually interested in what you have to offer. This can save a lot of time and money in the future. You may need to make small adjustments and changes to your idea which will mean the difference between success or failure. Do people need and want what you are offering; will it make you a profit; does your idea deliver results; is the customer base large enough to sustain a company and will there be repeat customers. Answer these questions, make the necessary tweaks and you will be on your way to success.
Pinpoint your Target Market
You could have the most incredible product but if you are marketing it to the wrong audience your company will fail. You need to know who your end-user is in order to have a viable company. You may need to do some market research, get to know your customers and adapt your services or product accordingly. When you know your customer and what they need and want then you will know how to market your service or product to them in a way that will make them want to interact with your company
Finalize your Business Plan
Formulize your ideas into a comprehensive business plan whether you are starting a new company or expanding an existing one. With a solid business plan, you will have a road map guiding you to success. It doesn’t matter how big or small your enterprise you still need a business plan. Your plan doesn’t have to be set in stone, it can be flued but it needs to give you a clear direction
Set a Budget
All businesses must work within a budget; don’t start setting up a business if you don’t know how much it will cost you to run the company. You need to know the cost of development, advertising, general maintenance and much more. If this is not your strong point, then employ the services of an accountant to help set up your initial financial business plan.
Forming a company is an important step for any business that is setting up for the first time or expanding. An LTD is the most common legal structure for businesses and you can incorporate a business in many jurisdictions including Europe, the US, Asia and offshore locations. Take advise from the experts and make the right decisions from the very start of your company’s establishment.