Helpful tips for small business startups in 2021

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By Emily Taylor

Starting a small business is an exciting time for any budding entrepreneur. With so much to think about and put in place, it’s all too easy to overlook some of the most important factors of running a small business successfully.

In this post, we’ll explore some helpful tips for small business startups in 2021. Read on to find out more.


Find the right suppliers

If your business model requires a strong supply chain, then sourcing the right suppliers is integral to your start-up process. This is especially relevant for OEMs in their infancy or those branching out within the electronics sector. For example, sourcing components like this trans voltage suppressor diode or datacom transformers requires speed, simplicity and consistent levels of communication, facets that can only be achieved by choosing reputable suppliers, who’ll work with you to ensure you’re meeting the expectations of your customers and keeping your supply chain moving.

Any small business looking for a high-quality supplier should consider the following characteristics and look for examples of them before they sign a contract:

– Cost effectiveness

– Quality of products on offer

– High quality and consistent communication at every stage

– Reliability

– Opportunities for growth and contract flexibility

Research your competitors

There’s a lot you can learn from your competitors, from the products they’re selling, to how they’re marketing themselves on social media. Competitive research is integral to your small business success, by heading online and seeing how they manage their social media, how they handle complaints, what kind of content they share and what is getting the most engagement, will help you develop your own digital marketing strategy and highlight areas that your competitors may have missed!

Bonus tip: Competitive research isn’t just for the earlier stages of your small business start-up, it should be ongoing!

Start networking

It’s never too early to start networking within your industry. Making valuable connections can help get your business off the ground and even attract talent to your enterprise. Ask individuals for advice and keep in touch with them along the way, head to trade fairs and shows, conferences or virtual events to push you and your brand – and yourself – out there as early as possible.

Bonus tip: Head to LinkedIn to start networking within your industry!

Understand your audience and target market

You may have a wide range of products or services in mind, and a high-quality customer service ethic to support everything on the front line. However, if you’re not specifically targeting the right demographic, then you’re going to struggle to build your brand and grow your client base from the very beginning.

Understanding your audience and your target market means saving time, money and other resources by getting the right products in front of the right people, first time. This approach also means an accurate look at what strategies are working, and which need adjustment.

Final thoughts…

As a small business start-up, you’ll be juggling multiple responsibilities and you’ll be seeking results as soon as possible. By following the points above, you’ll create a strong foundation for your fledgling business on which you can grow and thrive.


Emily Taylor has been a freelance writer for five years. She is a mother of three and her writing specializes in covering all aspects of business from small businesses starting out, to management in larger corporations but always carries her own signature voice throughout.

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