At Fiander Tovell we pride ourselves on supporting businesses throughout their entire lifecycle; from startup to success. We work alongside our clients to foster growth across diverse industries, sharing our insights to successfully navigating the initial phases of their business.  This comprehensive guide offers some of our key advice for launching a startup, achieving success, and maintaining long-term momentum. 

1. Clear Headspace 

While it might sound cliché, maintaining mental clarity is crucial for the inception of any business. Acknowledging that initial stages may not always reveal immediate benefits, it’s essential to recognize this as a gradual process. While aspiring for swift results, patience becomes key. Setting clear goals and cultivating consistent habits during these early phases can serve as a foundation to sustain motivation through the inevitable challenges. 

2. Creating Your Business Plan  

Regardless of whether you’ve already developed the product or service you’re offering, it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of your idea. Crafting a business plan helps to ensure clarity in your concept. This can involve identifying a problem in the market and focusing on how your idea will solve that particular issue 

The greater level of detail incorporated into your plan, the clearer it becomes for both you and others to comprehend the idea and initiate the execution process. 

Hand-in-hand with planning, comes research – think of it like doing your own detective work to gather information about your market. This helps to determine what sets you apart from your rivals, as well as ideas on how to differentiate yourself in an already saturated market.  

3. Registering your Business 

There are a number of legal issues that you will encounter when starting a business. Below, we have curated a checklist to ensure you have the right steps for establishing your business: 

  • Choose your business’ name 
  • Register the business with HMRC 
  • Apply for the permits and licences necessary 
  • Open a dedicated business bank account 

 By following these steps, you can ensure you are abiding by the legal obligations of registering a business. 

4. Building a Team 

Building a skilled team committed exclusively to your business will significantly simplify your day-to-day. Surrounding yourself with individuals who align with your overarching vision will lead to significant benefits and exponential business growth.  Depending on the nature of your business, there will be different hiring platforms that will work best, these include: 

  • Professional networking sites (LinkedIn, etc…) 
  • General job search engines (Indeed, etc…) 
  • Job boards 
  • Freelance platforms  
  • Social media (e.g., Facebook) 

 5. Marketing Strategies  

Implementing a strong marketing strategy is essential for attracting customers and generating brand interest. The initial step in your marketing strategy should be the development of a website, if you haven’t already done so. Not everyone has an innate passion for creativity and design – if you find the thought of building a website slightly intimidating, why not outsource web development services! 

Once completed, you can focus on other marketing strategies to elevate your business. We recommend identifying marketing channels that effectively reach your target audience. These could be: 

  • Digital marketing channels (social media, email, content marketing etc…) 
  • Traditional advertising (television, radio, print etc…) 
  • Event marketing  
  • Referrals  
  • Paid partnerships/Collaborations 

 Your marketing strategy could also be outsourced to an agency that has proven track records for results!

6. Seek Growth Opportunities  

 Scaling up your business involves growing your customer base and revenue. Success lies within consistent growth and adaptability. There are several ways to achieve this: 

  • Enhancing marketing initiatives 
  • Refining your product or service 
  • Partnering with other creators 
  • Introducing complementary products or services to your existing offerings  

Hopefully our guide offers a roadmap for your exciting journey to business growth! Emphasising mental clarity, strategic planning, and thorough research, we’ve laid the groundwork for success.  Whether it’s securing funding, legal compliance, team building, or implementing effective marketing strategies, each step contributes to a robust foundation.  

As you navigate the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship, remember to stay adaptable, seek growth opportunities, and continuously refine your approach. By maintaining commitment and strategic execution, your startup has the potential to thrive and achieve sustainable success. 

For any guidance and advice about your Business Start Up, please visit our website or contact one of our Commercial Directors, Chris Griffiths, Lisa Jefferies or Fabrice Legris who would be delighted to assist.