Getting your own business off the ground can be very difficult yet rewarding. Depending which area of business you choose you may need to take out a small business loan to cover such expenses as leasing a location, insurance, payroll, and of course advertising. Even if you are choosing the Internet for the base of your business you may still need a loan to cover such expenses as shipping, payroll, inventory, and once again the most important advertising. We all know the process of starting a business can be nerve racking to say the least, but once you start to see your business become profitable you’ll know all your time and commitment was worth while. First you will need to develop a business plan outlining all your plans and expenses before applying for a small business loan. Most lending institutions will only grant loans to those who have a financial plan. Your business plan outline should include a description of how much each phase will cost, your projected returns, along with any other means you have of generating income. Make sure to outline the total amount you are requesting and a time frame in which you plan to pay off the loan. Even if you don’t need a loan it is still very important to develop a business plan with a direction for your business consisting of an outline of goals and costs. Understanding your business is key make sure you know who you competition is, how much demand is out there in this field, which client base you will be targeting. Have a financial back up plan until your business is strong enough to support your needs. The next step is locating a space to lease if need be. Location can make or break your business depending on the type of traffic you plan to attract. Ask yourself a few questions, is this place easy to find? Is their adequate parking? Is it customer friendly? Perhaps you’re in need of a workspace or storage, if your signing a long-term lease you want to make sure the space is equipped and large enough to support the growth of your business. Lastly advertising and marketing are very vital to the success of your business it should be a large part of your budget. Almost every business needs some type of advertising or marketing weather it be promoting a website, printing business cards, renting ad space, signs, etc…. bottom line is you want people to know your out there and open for business. Starting a new business can be very exciting not to mention rewarding with proper planning you will have a successful business.