Many people are inclined to start their own business to prove that their entrepreneurial spirit can lead to a rewarding career. With your own business, there is no longer the need to answer to any boss or authority figure. There is also the opportunity for you to make your mark in the business world. Depending on your goals, that can mean that you’re earning a personal fortune, making a difference in the community or the world at large, or, even better, some combination of both of those achievements.

If starting a business were easy, however, the world would consist of nothing but self-employed business owners. Only some people are cut out for the demanding nature of owning a business. For those people, there is no more important part than the beginning. Many businesses fail to really get off the ground because they either botch or completely neglect those necessary initial moves. As a result, if you intend to get your business moving forward in an effective way, you have to start with these necessities and then move on from there.

Taking care of the paperwork necessary to make your business official is obviously crucial, so it’s important to have the resources available to you to make that happen. Here are the first things you should be thinking about achieving when you get your business underway.

1. Hiring

It’s not necessary for you to have your staff completed before you get things started. And, to save money, it’s likely that in the beginning you might be doing some multitasking and covering some of the roles yourself. But defining who you will need right off the bat is important. Three areas that should come to mind immediately are human resources, accounting, and marketing. Depending on what kind of business you’re planning to operate, it’s possible that a sales staff might be necessary immediately as well.

2. Marketing Plan

At no point in a company’s existence is marketing more important than in the very beginning. As a business stepping into an environment filled with established competitors, you can’t simply expect people to find you. As a result, you need to make sure that the world outside your office knows about you. Luckily, that’s a much easier and cheaper task than it once was, since social media allows you to market your business on the same level as other companies with longer histories and deeper pocketbooks.

3. Budget

In the early stages of your business, it’s likely that the money you’ll be bringing in will be meagre compared to what you’ll be making years down the road. You have to make sure there is enough in the coffers to allow you to continue to operate. That’s why a clear, realistic budget should be part of your opening moves as a business owner. Otherwise, you run the risk of spending yourself into nonexistence very quickly.

Remember that owning a business takes diligence and caution, especially in the early stages. Get the entire above done first and your company’s foundation will be sturdy enough for you to build from there.