By Arthur Orchid

I often receive emails from friends asking me how to start a small business offline. Even if I prefer building a business online, I'm always happy to share ideas and experience.

So let's explore this time offline business creations. You might be interested to start your business out of the Internet. I wish I could tell you that there was one secret key to how to start up a small business. Unfortunately, if you're starting your own business, you're going to have to work hard, and maybe you will not succeed. Any business entrepreneur will tell you that working hard is the biggest part of how to start up a small business. There's no other way to do it.

National Small Business Week - imageJust learning how to promote a business is already an art in itself, and that doesn't even get to the nitty-gritty of owning and operating one. Meanwhile, the right business advice can really help you start out. I know. When you first go in that direction, you probably have no idea how to start up small businesses. If someone more experienced in the field can take take you under his wing, you might be successful earlier. Check if there are some associations of former entrepreneurs that may help you. In big cities, the government may help with grants, sample business plans, free advices from successful entrepreneurs and even coaching. And the best of all it's all available for free. In fact this is a win-win proposal. If you become successful you may need more employees and then hire people from the city where you created your company... [1]

The first key to learn how to start up a small business is understanding how to choose your business properly. There're many different options available for small business entrepreneurs. One of the most popular ones today is to start up a business franchise. Business franchises have a lot of advantages over independently starting your own business. First of all, you already have a recognized name in the industry. A lot of the time, people will just stop in because they're familiar with the product you sell. Or sometimes just because they like the trademark you joined through the franchise business opportunity.

Who doesn't know Starbucks Coffees, or Dunkin Donuts?

If you start your own coffee shop, restaurant, or convenience store, people might not trust you immediately. You'll have to build a name for yourself. Of course, there're some advantages to own a business that isn't a franchise. Anyone who knows anything about how to start up a small business will tell you the importance of niche marketing. If you can find a niche and exploit it, you can make a lot of cash. Starting your own independent business, you've got a good chance of doing just that. You find a new angle and market it's something that people don't know about already. Generally, small local businesses have a certain charm compared with corporate chains all made the same way with same employees' clothes, furniture, menus, etc. Starting your own coffee shop and giving it a funky, offbeat style, can make you a good amount of money in the long run. It's a risky venture, but it can work.

If you can promote the business properly, you will see the money flowing in.
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[1] Image credit: ShashiBellamkonda

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