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A Complete Guide to Starting a Business in Nigeria 2021 Update

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Are you in need of tips to startup a business in Nigeria? This guide is designed to help business people including Micro, Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs navigate the legal and regulatory considerations relevant to starting up and doing business in Nigeria. READ CAREFULLY

A Complete Guide to Starting a Business in Nigeria 2021 Update

Starting a Business in Nigeria

Usually, the process of starting a business begins with an idea. Once you think the idea is good enough to build a profitable business with then the next step is to develop your business idea into a viable business plan.

The major dream of most Entrepreneurs is to someday have their own business. Having your own business is sweet because you can afford to do things when you want it without your boss looking over your shoulder.

But as cool as it sounds, starting a profitable business is a very demanding task that only a few businesses survive. Also, you will need capital for the startup of that dream business of your choice.

However, what you need is a good business idea, a concrete execution plan, and the passion to wake up every morning and keep grinding. Below, we have helped you with a guide on the process of starting a business in Nigeria.;

1. Evaluate Yourself

Since you have made up your mind to start a business, you need to carefully evaluate yourself by asking these questions to yourself.

  • Do I have the skills needed to run this business?
  • Do I have what it takes to lead or manage a team?
  • What is my passion and motivation to make this a success?
  • Do I have what it takes to raise capital for the business?

So, be very sincere with your answers and if the majority of your answers to the above questions are “YES”, then you are ready to start your own business.

2. Find a Business Idea

When it comes to starting a business, not all business ideas are worth starting at all. The best business ideas are unique, practical, needed by the market, and easy to scale.

In the search for a business idea, start by looking at what problems exist in your environment and try to provide a solution to such a problem and monetize it.

And if your business idea is completely new, think of what your business can offer and focus on how to create something better and cheaper.

Also, you may need to ask questions from people, make your own research and as well seek advice from entrepreneurs.

3. Conduct Market Research

Before starting a business, be sure you have a good understanding of such a business. Try conducting market research by asking your potential customers few questions about the problem you will like to solve for them.

Also research on existing direct and indirect competitions that currently exist in the market. Try to know about their products and services and how you think your business can stand out amongst them.

4. Create a Business Plan

According to Wikipedia, A business plan is a formal statement of business goals, reasons they are attainable, and plans for reaching them. It may also contain background information about the organization or team attempting to reach those goals.

Also, every business, whether big or small needs a plan for that business. In starting a business, a business plan helps you to stay focused and organized.

Remember organizational skill is one of the skills of a successful entrepreneur. Therefore, in writing your business plan, you check out some business plan samples online to serve as a guide.

5. Get Business Funding

Starting a business does not only requires your skills and effort but also your money. Every business requires startup capital which will be used in funding the day-to-day operations of the business.

In case you do not have the required capital required to start the business, there are different ways (bank loans, grants, equity investments, etc.) to source funding for a new business.

Most businesses die due to lack of funding hence make sure you’ve enough capital that will cater to the financial downtimes.

6. Build Your Team

If you are planning to be the only one running your business, then you may not need to start building a team. But if you are definitely going to employ people, you need to build a strong team.

You are building a strong team for your business because these people are meant to contribute to the growth of your business but if the team is not well built, they can as well help to bring down your business. So do it build to grow and succeed?

7. Grow Your Business

Growth is vital to the survival of a business. Any business that is not growing will surely die no matter how long it takes. Make sure you do everything possible to ensure the constant growth of your business.

The number one metric to measure the growth of a business is a steady positive cash flow. The more cash flow a business generates the more ability it has to grow and expand the business. Hence, ensure that you have the right tools to help you keep track of your cash flow from day one of the business.

In conclusion, it is better to research even more to know which business is more suitable for you and in your locality too.

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