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Monday, January 25, 2016

Getting Your New Business Off of to a Good Start

The "to do" list of things that require completion before opening day can be tedious. It is important to break things down into categories so that nothing gets forgotten. There is always going to be a few last minute details that get pushed aside. Prepare for them and make sure you have an extra couple of days in your timeline to handle these missed details.

Visual Materials
Visual materials include having a logo made for branding purposes and creating an identity for the business. This also includes having menus or brochures available. If you are in the restaurant or hospitality industry, a formal presentation of menu or accommodation options is vital. To get a few ideas of the different styles of trending options, click here. This will give you a few ideas of the different layout options to capture the right vibe for your business.

Permits
As soon as you find a location for your business and have a definite name, it is time to start applying for the necessary permits. This can take some time, so it is always best to get an early start. Most business types require inspections during and after construction and prior to opening for health and safety standard compliance. All of the required inspections should be completed more than a week before opening in case any repairs or corrections are required.

Staff
It is important to hire staff at least 30 days prior to opening. This allows enough time for training your staff. The more prepared the staff is on opening day, the better the first impression with patrons will be. In some cases, it is a good idea to not hire any management before opening. Take some time during training to see who stands out as a leader and who possess the qualities you desire in a manager.

Decor
Have a specific theme. Make sure that all of the decor matches that theme. It may be a good idea to enlist the help of a professional designer to make sure that the interior of your business is not too cluttered and that it makes the statement you want it to.

Opening a new business is an exciting time in your life. It is stressful. Remember to schedule some time for yourself each day so that you can decompress and mentally prepare for the next phase. Without taking breaks, business ownership can take over your life. It is important to give your business the attention it needs along with making necessary time for yourself and your family.



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