Here are the key steps to starting your own business. Under each step we have listed the information and services that are available from this site and from the South Dublin County Enterprise Board to help you accomplish that step.
Research the market thoroughly and objectively, including an analysis of competitive strengths and weaknesses
The Internet is a wonderful research resource. Search our links section for websites relevant to marketing and sales
Read the article on Feasibility Studies
Apply for a Business Mentor to help you to plan and manage your research
Attend a training course or seminar.
Design the product or service, concentrating on Quality/value and uniqueness
The South Dublin County Enterprise Board offers financial support which can be used to fund prototype development
Apply for a Business Mentor to help you plan and manage your product development
Write a comprehensive and practical business plan that deals with all of the critical success factors
Download the Business Planning Guide and Template to help you
Apply for a Business Mentor to help you finalise your plan, if you are experiencing difficulty
Watch our Training & Events for the next training course/ seminar
Read the articles concerned with Business Planning
Source and secure the required resources (finance, premises, equipment, materials and personnel)
Check out the brochure on our Financial Support Services
Apply for Financial Support, download the Application Form
Establish the appropriate legal framework and financial controls (including all the necessary certificates and registrations)
- Apply for a Business Mentor to help you set up good financial controls
- Watch our Training & Events section for courses on financial management and credit control
Launch the business with maximum publicity
- Apply for a Mentor to help you plan and implement the promotion of your business
- Watch our Events section for courses on "Expanding your Business Image"