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How to start your own startup in 5 easy steps

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Starting your own startup can be an exciting adventure, but it’s also filled with challenges and hard decisions. This guide will help you learn how to start your own startup in five easy steps, so you can create an innovative new business that will succeed in today’s ever-changing business environment. Here are the five steps to starting your own startup.

1) Think of an idea

Starting a business can be done on a shoestring budget, so you don’t need to worry about coming up with an idea that’s going to make you rich. Instead, concentrate on solving a problem for customers and making sure that your business model is scalable and replicable.

If you’re looking for inspiration, pay attention to what people are talking about (and complaining about) and then think of ways that technology could address their problems. Put some thought into how much time you want to spend running your business and consider whether it’s something you can do while working full-time or if it requires long hours and dedication. And if it’s a product or service that doesn’t require large sums of capital investment, you might have found your ideal small business!

Write down all of your ideas, so you can work on them later. Then move on to step two, Starting to plan your startup goals.

2) Start planning

business plan

Before you officially launch your business, it’s a good idea to plan out your startup goals. This could be as simple as writing down what you want to accomplish with your business over the next 12 months and how much revenue you hope to generate by then.

It might also be helpful to do some research on how similar businesses have done. Knowing that most startups fail within their first three years, for example, can help prepare you for what might lie ahead and prevent you from wasting precious time and resources starting a business that won’t work out.

Regardless of whether you decide to create a written business plan, it’s always a good idea to have some goals in mind when you launch. Without goals, you’ll find yourself lost and wondering what to do next. You might also end up spending time working on tasks that don’t actually help your business grow.

Even if you have a general idea of where you want to go, it’s important that you revisit your goals every now and then. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, try making mid- and long-term goals as well. This will give you a good sense of what milestones are ahead and which ones might be best left on hold until a later date.

3) Build a prototype

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Once you have a business idea, it’s time to build a prototype. A prototype can be anything from an app that only works on Android phones and has no interface design elements at all, to a simple landing page with contact information and pictures of what users can expect when they use your product or service.

The purpose of a prototype is to validate your business idea by determining if you have customers who are willing to pay for what you have built. Prototypes give you a chance to test assumptions, and learn how users interact with your product. Some common ways to build prototypes include wireframes (also called mockups) and minimum viable products (MVPs).

Wireframes are a great way to quickly illustrate how you want your app or website look without having spent hours—or sometimes days—on visual design. Wireframes let you focus on where different elements will appear and how they’ll work together. You can make wireframes using drawing programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch etc… (or) if you want any help in building your prototype we can help you CONTACT US

4) Test it with potential customers

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If you think you have a viable idea, it’s time to test it. Find potential customers, ask them what they would pay for it, and see if they say yes. If no one wants to pay for it, you probably don’t have a business on your hands. But if someone is willing to shell out their hard-earned cash (i.e., value), then you are on your way!

The quickest way to find out if there is market demand for your product or service is to talk with people about it. Set up a meeting with several of your friends or family members who might be interested in purchasing something like what you plan to offer.

If you want more quantitative data, you could also set up a survey. SurveyMonkey is an excellent tool for doing that. You can create a free account and then easily set up your surveys. If you want more quantitative data, test it with potential customers.

After you have validated that there is a market for your product or service, think about how much it will cost to acquire customers. You can use Facebook ads, for example, which can be very effective at driving traffic and getting people who are interested in what you have to offer.

5) Launch it and get feedback

Once you’ve got a general idea of what you want your startup to do, it’s time to launch it and put it out there for real people. This can be scary but it’s also an essential part of any new venture. No matter how much planning you do up front, nothing can replace feedback from actual users (and potential customers). Launching will force you to set goals for your business and turn these ideas into something tangible that other people can experience.

And while it can be scary, getting that initial feedback is key to building something that’s more than just an idea. Make sure you have someone on hand who can take an objective look at your business and give you some solid feedback—either a trusted advisor or, even better, potential customers. (Or both!)

And then build on it from feedback you’ll be able to iterate and add new features. You’ll be ready for a bigger audience, one that’s much more diverse than just family and friends.

(If you don’t have anyone who can give you solid feedback yet, try posting something on Facebook, LinkedIn or other social media sites to see what people think.)

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The most important thing is to get out there! Even if your idea isn’t perfect at first, as long as it has some potential value, getting started is better than never getting started at all. A lot of successful startups have gone through several iterations before they were really ready for prime time.

So Get Feedback, Learn from it, and Keep Iterating until you’ve built Something worth Launching. Good luck!