The following article is a guest post.
Who doesn’t want a scaleable business that is ready to go interstate, and perhaps even international? Isn’t that the dream?
Making the decision to launch a business sometimes comes with some harsh truths, most of them to do with the cash flow that your business is unlikely to have in its first few months of operation.
Some of these might sound familiar to the average business owner.
The thing is, owning and running a small business isn’t easy. At time there are challenges and tribulations, and it’s definitely worth it, but it is anything but easy.
Are you on the path to growing your business interstate?
Here is our what you need to know guide for taking that business of yours to a bigger market. The best way to do this – however – is with a virtual office and business services.
When traveling through a country, it is evident that the kind of people living in each town, area and state are completely different.
If you are looking to expand your business interstate or even into another town, you need to consider the target market that exists within that town.
You should be canvassing and doing research on how to find the right product or service for the people in that market.
One good way to do this is to do market research, reach out to your fans on Facebook or speak to business owners in the area in which you are looking to establish yourself.
2. Look for the local angle.
When running a virtual office, you as a business owner have the flexibility of finding staff to work for you in any state.
Establishing a team or having a single person in the state which are you are canvassing is a great step in the right direction.
There are a number of way to find the right people, but also a number of systems to use to ensure that your man on the ground has the right tools to report back to you and be kept in the loop with what is happening in your main business.
What is important is finding the right person to make your jaunt interstate, worthwhile.
3. Set a budget.
It can get costly to expand your operations. Sometimes even so much so that this is what puts the company under in the first place.
One way to reduce costs when you are looking to grow your business into other states, is establishing a low cost virtual office that manages itself so you can just continue to focus on your core business.
Once you have figured out how much capital you have to spend on your expansion, you can work back from there.
4. Where to next?
Is it easier to expand to the next state, or do you need to head from New York to LA?
Considering where you need to move next is a huge question to ask before you actually make the move.
This is going to be significant in helping you understand some of the things listed above, and will bring up some more questions.
The best thing to do is speak to a business advisor and a lawyer to understand the implications of work in states other than your own, and what you will need to actually operate.
There are many questions one must ask before a business is expanded interstate. These are just a few, but it is important to ask these questions first, before you outlay a major amount of capital. If you are in doubt, it is best to speak to a business professional.