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This article was published on November 9, 2017

5 tips for taking your business from idea to action

5 tips for taking your business from idea to action
George Beall

Do you have a great idea for a business? Are you thinking long and hard about taking action, but unsure of what to do next? Are you concerned that you will never turn your idea into a full-blown business?

Anyone can come up with an idea for a business, but it takes a lot of work to implement a plan of action.

For example, there are hundreds upon hundreds of online business ideas to consider. From blogging to ecommerce, you’ll be surprised at the number of opportunities you come across.

The same holds true with offline businesses. Maybe you want to start a photography service. Or maybe you have a dream of opening a restaurant.

If you have an idea that you want to put into action in the near future, here are some tips you can follow:

Research the market

You don’t want to dive into any market until you have a clear idea of the competition, where you fit in, and the steps you’ll have to take to become a major player.

For example, if you’re starting a professional employer organization, or PEO, make sure you know the companies that are already in the space and how you can set yourself apart.

Create a business plan

Regardless of your idea, timeline, or how much money you plan on spending, it’s imperative to create a business plan that can provide guidance now and in the future.

Yes, it can take some time to create a business plan. And yes, this will force you to make some key decisions about the future of your company. Even so, you need to put in the time upfront so that you can benefit in the long run.

With a business plan doubling your chance of success, you don’t want to look past this step.

Set a budget

In a perfect world, you’d be able to get your business up and running without spending a dime. While some opportunities are more expensive to chase than others, you should expect to part with some cash upfront.

In addition to setting a budget, look into other details regarding your finances. For example, you may find that you need to learn more about credit repair or how to build your credit.

Once you have a budget in mind, you’ll find it easier to make the right financial decisions as you take your business from idea to the real thing.

Find a mentor

It’s easy to believe that you don’t need any help to make it big, but you’re fooling yourself.

It’s important to find a mentor who can show you the way, help you avoid trouble, and put you on the right path to success.

It may take some time to find someone you trust, but you must continue your search until you have the right mentor in place. This can go a long way in boosting the success of your business.

Set a start date

Without a start date, you may find yourself facing one unnecessary delay after the next.  

If you truly want to take the big leap, you need to set a start date and then do whatever it takes to reach this goal.

Be patient

As excited as you may be about taking your business from idea to action, you need to exercise some patience during the process.

There will be times when you need to take a step back for one reason or another. There will be times when you need to adjust your approach to ensure that you are on the right track.

As long as you are patient, while still pushing forward, you can be confident that everything will work out in the end.


Although it can be a challenge to turn your idea into a full-blown business, these tips will go a long way in helping you reach your goal.

As long as you push forward a little bit at a time, you’ll eventually end up launching your business and hopefully reaping the rewards.

What are your thoughts on taking your business from idea to action? Do you have any experience with this? Is there anything else you would add to the list above? Share your personal experiences and thoughts in the comment section below. Your feedback can help other people realize their dream of being a business owner.  


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