Thought Leader Series: Hidden Costs of Running Your Business


Minyang Jiang

Running your business

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Living in the United States definitely has its perks. Many of us have the dream of doing something we love, setting our own hours, and making our own money. Many Americans decide to start new businesses, but more often than not, people jump in without sufficient research and preparation. It requires investments of time, energy, and money. A crucial part of owning a business is understanding the all the costs associated with running that business – especially the ones that may seem hidden.

Read on to learn more.

1. Business Insurance

Whether it’s a clothing boutique or a pet grooming service, your business needs to be insured. Accidents happen, suing zealots can come along – whatever the case, it’s important to have adequate coverage that protects against theft, loss, and accidents. Though it is a tedious monthly expense, it’s one of those things that you’ll wish you had were you ever to need it. Consult an insurance expert to find the right plan for your business.

2. Taxes

Taxes are a fact of life, and there may be some business-related taxes of which you’re not aware. If a new business isn’t making much revenue, most would assume that there wouldn’t be a large amount of taxes due. That is far from the truth. Take this into consideration when setting up your business’s finances, and consider hiring a tax professional to help with the forms. Keeping some money set aside specifically for these taxes and accessing a professional’s expertise will keep Uncle Sam from surprising you come tax time.

3. Professional Fees and Licenses

Building a business is a multi-stage process. There are state regulations to follow and various permits and licenses that may be required. Also, as we learned from the above section, it’s always smart to hire a professional to help you out with the details. Each business should consider obtaining an LLC (Limited Liability Company), and would be best off seeking assistance from a lawyer for the process. Learn what kind of LLC you want and what kind of permits and licenses will be required of you and your business. Don’t forget to incorporate professional fees as well as fees incurred while acquiring mandatory documents into your budget.

4. Time

Time is money, as the very true saying goes. When running a business, understand that the majority of your time will be devoted to your business. There will be tasks that must be completed that aren’t always the “fun” part of the job. Don’t prolong the inevitable; take care of what needs to be taken care of, when it comes up. There is also the cost of family and friend relationships to be considered. You won’t be able to spend as much time with them. Are you able to allocate all the time necessary to run your business and take care of other obligations?

Starting a business and becoming your own boss is a wonderful accomplishment. It takes time, effort, and money to achieve, but it is well worth the costs when you reap the benefits. Before taking that first step to start a business, learn all there is to know about it: Learn what costs to plan for as well as each permit, license and insurance plan you will need. Remember that time is also valuable, and allocating it productively and efficiently is crucial to your success. So, get up, start your research, and learn all you can about owning your own business!

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