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February 26, 2021

We’re so excited to be new members of the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce

If you have any questions about our service, please feel free to reach out to us. Our member directory page contains contact information, including our phone number: (844) 493-6249.

Building a business takes time and energy, but you can actually lay the foundation for success with three targeted steps per day and three dedicated days. Sound too good to be true? Not when you have the right tools and strategies! Read on to learn more.

 

First Day: Start!

  1. Select a name for your business that is logical, easy to spell, and interesting. This is harder than it sounds; you want to stand out from the crowd, but you want your customers to be able to understand and remember it.

  2. Determine what business structure makes sense for you. This will vary by circumstance, though many solopreneurs opt to form an LLC, an appealing idea for business owners who want to protect themselves from individual responsibility for any business debt or lawsuits that could occur, yet avoid the extra taxes and paperwork of a corporation.

  3. From there, contemplate your financial situation. You’ll want to make some projections to formulate a budget and create a business plan. The two go hand-in-hand; financial projections are one component in any well-rounded business plan, and your business plan can help you secure additional funding such as a grant or loan. It can also be useful if you want to attract a partner or investor.  

 

Second Day: Run!

  1. Think through who it is that you’re selling your product or service to, and put together some branding basics, like a logo and tagline

  2. Get on the internet! A webpage is essential these days. Customers look for businesses online, and if you aren’t there, they will find your competition instead of you. Social media is also a must-have. Start reaching out on your favorite platform to nail your first sale!

  3. Join your local chamber of commerce! It’s loaded with educational and networking opportunities, and offers a wealth of information and support to the small business owner.

 

Third Day: Grow!

  1. Customers are the lifeblood of any business. Develop a customer service plan that ensures yours are faithful and only have good things to say about your business. Also think about asking for product reviews, a referral program, and gathering testimonials to include on your webpage.

  2. Consider some sharable outreach methods; social media ads, giveaways, contests and livestreaming events, like demos and product reviews, are just a few ideas you can try.

  3. Adding some analytics to your outreach helps ensure you’re reaching your target audience with your message, and it helps you adjust your product line and presentation in accordance with their response. 

 

In just three days, you can be started, running and growing your business! For your best success, though, don’t go it alone. ZenBusiness has helped over 100,000 businesses get off to a great start — why not be one of them? You can take advantage of ZenBusiness’s many tools and services, like business plan templates, filing your business structure, and free marketing and accounting services. It’s a one-stop-shop for starting and supporting your new venture, so connect with us today at zenbusiness.com or visit our membership directory page here.