Setting up a business in Jersey is both exciting and daunting but careful research and planning will give you a clear idea of how successful your new venture is likely to be.
- Write down your idea so you can explain it to others.
- Think about your motivation for starting a business and what success will look like for you.
- Be realistic about whether you have the time and skills to deliver your idea.
- Consider who will buy your product or service and why they would buy it from you.
- Will this be your main income or is it just a hobby? Do a personal budget so you know how much income you need from it.
- Create a picture/plan of who your customers are, how your business will operate, potential costs and income streams. Our Practical 1 Day Workshop to Plan your Business will help you work this all out.
- Get feedback on your idea from people who have relevant experience and can give you a variety of views.
- Decide if your idea could succeed as a profitable business and if yes, push ahead.
- Develop a plan to put your idea into practice, thinking about what you need to do and in what order.
- Research your market and potential customers and decide how you will sell your product or service to them. You can use our guide to conducting market research to help you.
- Think about the practicalities of how you will operate – how, when, where and what you will need.
- Create a realistic financial forecast so you know what your income will be and how much it will cost you to operate.
- If you need money to start your business, go out and start pitching for it now. There is some useful information on potential sources of investment on the Accessing Finance section of our website.
- Attend our Demystifying your business accounts workshop if managing the finances of your business is something you would rather avoid.
- Consider what legal structure would be most appropriate to start up your business.
- Get your business properly set up and registered as either a Sole trader or partnership or a Limited Company, so that you are legally able to operate. If you are going to trade as a limited company, attend our Incorporating & Administering a Limited Company in Jersey workshop to understand your responsibilities and do all the necessary paperwork.
- Depending on the nature of the business you are planning on there may also be other industry specific regulations and practicalities you need to consider. Here are some guides to different types of business:
- Get a business bank account. This may take a while, and you will probably need a plan and a financial forecast, so make sure you have gone through steps 2 and 3.
- If necessary, find appropriate premises to operate from and don’t over commit to them. Take a look at our property guide, designed to help small business owners find the right solutions to their property needs.
- If you need them, recruit people with complimentary skills to yours and give them the training they need.
- Register with the Office of the Information Commissioner if you will be holding personal data.
- Set up your accounts so you can track how much money you are getting and spending.
Here is a Start-up checklist for everything you need to consider when starting out on your business journey.
- Think about how will you launch your business.
- Make sure that your systems and processes are in place so you can invoice clients or take payments from day one.
- When you have everything in place just get going!
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Other useful sources of information.