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    Next step: Business starting

    Ok now that we have the business plan among other things down. Here are some other questions:

    1) What bank and what account should one open. Signing power?
    2) What is a good starting capital?

    These 2 questions are the primary questions i think should be asked...(i also would like to know them )

    If you feel that there should be more questions here please feel free to post them. Lets try and get some sort of business starting 101 here for members.

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    I'd suggest any bank which will keep you informed about what's happening in your accounts the moment something happens...

    I know FNB/ABSA/Standard bank (not sure of others) who has those features.
    Nedbank is quite keen on helping startups get off the ground, so check them out as well...

    Starting capital will depend solely on what you need to do with that capital to get going... How much for advertising? How much for branding? How much will be needed for daily expenditures until you make a reasonable income?

    Loads of questions that you can only answer yourself after having done your business plan...

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    I agree that most of the questions will be answered with the business plan. My point im making is that there are generic questions to which one canget the answers for without having to do a business plan.

    These questions i believe will help me in my situation as well as anyone else that starts a new business and finds their way to the forums.

    Hence my continuation of my last thread i started. Hopeing to put together a comprehensive question and answer thread that will help anyone including business owners.... maybe a bit of a brush up for them.

    Questions like... Where best to advertise and how to go about it, Possibly anyone here that has dealt with someone that does brilliant advertising could mention them.

    Im sure you follow what im getting at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoopy_inc View Post
    1) What bank and what account should one open. Signing power?
    Bank - answered I think.
    Signatories in a partnership? - Either require both partners or any one of the two. In a three member partnership any two of three signatories works pretty well. Healthy communication before spending money is pretty much what is really important.

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    2) What is a good starting capital?
    That needs to be determined from your business plan. In big business, this can get really complicated as you might be raising funds as you move from stage to stage, but in a small business it's best to use something simple.

    I've always considered the breakeven point a critical factor in the working capital calculation for a small business, the part that most people miss. So if breakeven is expected in 3 months you'd want to cover capital expenditure + 3 months expenses minimum. Then whatever income you generate in the first three months can be applied to drive you over the top into profitability.

    From there it is a case of staying ahead of the cashflow bubble.

    I've managed off a smaller base before, but it's really stressful.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    What about things that keep business alive?

    How about ideas to keep your clients interested or give them the " OOO AHHH " Effect.

    Online marketing? yellow pages? pamphlet drops? What have you done and what worked for you.
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    Snoopy,

    Pamphlet drops is a no-go area... Paid 2k for 10k pamphlets, another 1k to have them dropped here in town, was giving away a 7k notebook for anyone spending even R100 to enter the competition...

    Al I got was 1 phone call from one guy wanting to know if he could enter the competition without spending, , told him seeing as he was the first person to call, I'd give him a free entry anyway...

    3 months later, not a single person called, and the same dude phoned to find out if he won anything... What the.... So, 3k spent, in October, so Xmas shopping season and all coming up, and nothing to show for it...

    Keeping business alive is a tough one... The way I see it is the best advertisement is Word of Mouth... If you have one very happy customer then the referrals will start flowing in...

    Another one is really to have an online presence... No matter which market you are in, having a website and having it optimized is a great way to attract new eyes to your company... Online marketing is great, if you do it right you will have to spend very little money to get the ball rolling and get people to come back time and time again... optimization of your online presence is of the utmost importance...

    Reading the report on how internet usage in SA is growing at a rapid rate (no thanks to Telkom ) it is the easiest and cheapest way to get eyes on your company.

    You never mentioned what line of work you are in or going into?

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    If you dont mind i would like to keep what im going to do quiet till i have it up and running. When its up and running ill come tell you

    Ye i agree with you on the Online marketing. I definitly would like to do that. Hence my interest in SEO and how it works.
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    No problem...

    Here is what SEO can do for a website, in a hugely competitive market, being only in existence since May and letting the bots loose only at the end of May...

    Paid Traffic: None - not a single cent spent!

    Natural Traffic:

    60% of all new visitors come via Search Engines...

    25% return visitors: 80% of these are from first time Search Engine visitors...

    15% direct traffic through marketing...

    Being online and having a presence is an absolute must! ChatMaster is the SEO man, own company and all, but in the above websites situation, all that traffic has come through loads of reading up, buckets & buckets & buckets of elbow grease and very long hours...

    It can be done without having to pay for SEO, but do your research and follow tips, there is only one way to get to the top...

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    So you saying noone has bought from you?

    Or you saying that noone spend money through SEO at your site?

    Seo is good for getting feet, as well as gaining momentum... Especially if you have a forum hooked up to it in some way.
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    What I said was no one responded to the pamphlets... I haven't spent a single dime on SEO for my online shop and have had a few sales already, coming directly from my good old friend Google

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