Insurance

When starting a new business there are lots of things to keep in mind.  Everything from suppliers to taxes and agreements and deals. One of the first things a new entrepreneur or store owner needs to get in order is insurance. As a new business owner, you put yourself at risk, big risks that can be hard to handle if something goes wrong if you don´t have the right insurance. The risk is that the company crashes before it even started. The number of insurances is almost as large as the number of insurance companies. Here you will find some of the most important insurances for you as a new business owner.

Liability


Professional Liability insurance is an insurance that will cover neglect and damage caused by the business due to mistakes made by the company. There is no one – size – fits – all in this kind of insurance. It is different in every branch and it is crucial that you get the one fitting your business since there are clauses fitting every business specifically. For example, in construction there is a need for a clause on responsibility in a different kind than at a law firm since the work they do is so different.  

Property


If the business owns or rents a property you need an insurance for it. It covers damage or loss of equipment, stock and more in case of a fire, storm or other kinds of damage to the property. Events of mass destruction are often not covered by property insurance. Examples of that kind of events are earthquakes and floods. If the company is situated in an area frequently hit by these kinds of events there is a possibility to sign up for a special insurance covering those kinds of events. Usually they cost a lot but can be worth every penny.

Workers


When the business has started hiring people you need to have insurance for them as well. This is called Workers’ compensation insurance. This is meant to secure costs of health care, sick leave and invalidity and death for the employee if something happens at work. Remember that even an office-bound work can lead to damages that can result in demands for replacement.

Home-based businesses
Many businesses start up in a small scale at home. Remember that your regular insurance does not cover damages caused by running a business from home. It is crucial to read the terms of your insurance if you plan to run your business from home. By taking an extra insurance you will secure the property of your business as well as your private home and things in case of a fire or break-in.

Vehicles


If the company owns any kind of vehicle you will need an insurance to cover both the vehicle and the person driving it. The insurance will cover your vehicle if it is damaged as well as damage on second or third party.  

Vehicles damage
Vehicle damage

Business interruption

In case of a disaster your company will probably stop running. This will render in no income, but the costs will keep coming. It can also result in the company having promised a delivery of some kind that can´t be held because of the disaster which can lead to demands for damages because of failure to deliver.

Make sure to have the necessary insurances, contact an insurance company to get help!

Franchising

The dream of having your own company might be there, but the ideas are not. There are many solutions to the problem, one being a franchise. A franchise is a business model, a concept where you pay a fee to the owner or to the brand to use a made business concept. It is often connected to certain rules assortment, equipment and result. Why this is depends on brand or business owner care for the status of their brand and wants to protect it. You find this method in most businesses and branches, both products and services. The word Franchising is an internationally established expression. It comes from the Latin word” franco” that means right or privilege. By becoming a franchiser, you will be a part of an established concept and the business idea is already set and well working.

History


Franchising started in the 1860s when Singer Sewing Machine Company gave permission to business owners to sell and advertise their products. Later on, they added a service to the concept, repair and maintenance. This was in the American countryside and the franchisers that were approved could use the whole business concept of Singer. Franchising grew big in America in the 1960s with giants like car renting company AVIS and fast food chains Kentucky fried chicken and Mc Donald’s. Seven Eleven is another example on another brand that uses the concept of franchising.

Advantages


If you are interested in becoming a franchiser you should look in to how it fits your views on business. By making a list of pros and cons you can get a good picture on how it will be. Usually you get a lot of support from the Franchise. When something is meant for all franchisers it is usually free of charge. Having the benefits of being a big chain also gives you a good network with other franchisers in the concept, they become your colleges. You get a company ready to go. Marketing concept is done, IT-systems as well. This will also increase your profits since you won´t do the mistakes of a new businessowner since you get help all the way from others that has started the same kind of company. When it comes to purchases there are often good deals since there are very large amounts to the whole Franchise.

Challenges of franchising


There is lots of hard work being a business owner, of course also in franchising. In a franchise you take an economical risk when binding your money to the business. On this note it is important that you have made a sustainable budget, it is your own responsibility as a franchiser. You will make big decisions that will affect many people, but you will have support from the Franchise. The Franchise has, in nine out of ten cases, the right to set boundaries for how you should run the business. This means that the freedom of being on your own is not always there as it is in a non-franchise. This is of course also an advantage since when you are in a well-tried concept where mistakes have already been done. Since the Franchise demands a fee it is important that you have these in your budget. To have in mind is that these fees should be in comparison with costs that you otherwise would have if you were on your own.

Marketing

Advertising and marketing is something every company needs to handle. No one gets customers or clients if no one knows they exist. There are lots of famous quotes on this where the most popular one may be “All advertising is good advertising –  even the bad” Maybe you shouldn´t take this literally when you are starting up your business. In the beginning you need to be sure about what you give out in information because it is crucial that you can make good on all your promises to get a good reputation. It can be a good idea to take help on the marketing in the beginning since you are not always the best person to advertise yourself. There is lots of help to be had on the subject, companies that are specialized on making you and your company look good.

What is marketing

Marketing are the activities made by a company to catch the eye of clients and customers. You want to make people interested in your product or service. You want to create an interest in the company and the product or service you are offering. It is a process aiming on creating long and strong relationships with your customers because that is what makes a business survive, good customers that come back to you and that can spread a good word on your behalf.

History


Marketing as a concept comes from the Italian economist Giancarlo Pallavicini who used it in 1959. The Pallavicini legacy lead to what today is called modern marketing. He defined marketing as a way to define and produce a product and offers of which there is a need in the market. In modern time this saying has a large impact on the marketing. It is also important to make offers aimed directly at the customer to create a value for them. By working on positioning the products in the market you can generally reach success. At the same time, it is very important that the product is of the quality that you say and promise in your advertising.  

The marketing processes


The marketing process is divided into five steps; The first is a market survey where you try to understand the consumer and the market. It is crucial to the company to understand the needs in the market and what the customer need and mostly what they want. In the second step you create a strategy, where you look at things like segments, positioning and targeting. It is when you get to the third step the active part begins. You create a product or service based on what you found in step one and two and by using the four ground rules of marketing; price, product, position and affect. This is called a marketing mix. In step four you make a business briefcase in which you create a value to generate a good relationship by high quality and good service. The last step is when you have the value and the general thought on making customers return and be faithful. This is all created by an effective marketing communication.


Most countries have rules and laws on what you can do or not. Following these rules is often based on common sense. Stick to the codes of the branch and laws and norms that follow. Most people can understand that it is not allowed to advertise something that isn´t true!

Starting a business

The labour market is very different around the world. If you look at the most common way of working, it is an employment in the public or private sector. The public sector covers schools and health care among other facilities. The private sector consists of companies wanting to make a profit. To start and run a company is a lifelong dream for many people. To work with something, you love on your own conditions can be hard, but not at all impossible.

What can be done


To have a clear view of what you want is important. If you feel like starting your own business but isn´t sure about what to do, you need to stop and think. Having a clear picture in your mind of what you want is important when it comes to businesses. You need to think through your ideas, competence and how to use it all to make the most of it. Maybe it isn´t what you are most desiring to do that is the most profitable, but it could be the right thing to do anyway. What is the most important, is it your happiness or your profit? What are the customers wanting for? As a businessowner you need to be very attentive to the customers and deliver what they want.  

Put it to paper


Having a clear plan on everything is important. You will need a good and correct product- or service- description. Besides this you need to do some kind of market survey to get a glimpse of what the people want. What are the needs in the area? How does the market work today? Will it stay the same in ten years? A survey is a good place to start to get this information. When you get the information, you can look at what you need to do to make a profit in your business. It is also good to get a grip of your competitors. Not many businesses have a totally unique product which makes it important which makes it more important to know your competitors and do something to make you stand out to make your product the one to buy.

Different enterprises


There are lots of different enterprises. You need to see what the best form for you, your company and your product or service is before starting. The purpose of the business also affects what enterprise to go by. Is it a one-man company? Will there be staff? If you are having staff, you need insurance. Lots of aspects need to be taken into consideration.

Get started


Getting started on your own business can be really hard work. If you feel unsecure or anxious you can look for help with a local business association or go to an accountant or such. They can help you with everything. To get help from other business operators is very good since they have done the same thing as you are about to do. They know smart things and what not to do. An accountant has knowledge on all the paperwork that needs to be done. When it comes to financing it is of course a crucial part of it all. It is a whole other part that we will cover in future articles but a good start is a visit with the local bank so they can help you with alternatives.