What Costs Should You Expect When Setting Up a Business?

By Isaac Korir / November 2, 2018




Starting a business takes planning. Most businesses that are running today were lifelong dreams, and although everyone would like to make it as an entrepreneur, there is something they always might overlook; startup costs.

There are several kinds of costs to consider. Some are obvious while others are hidden. Whichever the case, if you want your dream to be valid, you should seriously consider all the involved costs.

There are one times costs, ongoing costs, essential costs, fixed and variable costs as well as optional costs. However, let’s categorize them as:

  • Research

It is at times ignored but research costs should be considered, well, unless you are a professional and experienced in the field. Even so, you will still need to consider consultancy costs. So, before beginning your business, understand the market, consider the gap, the strategies you will take to stay ahead of the competition, and everything it will take to bring the business to life.

  • Permits, Taxes, Licenses, and Insurance

Playing hide and seek with the authorities is unhealthy for business. This calls for considering the costs of permits whether for building or operating something, the license fees, taxes, and insurance. Setting this up straight will give your business the freedom of expansion, success, and growth, which is why these costs should be factored in your business plan. Remember, depending on your business, these costs might vary as some licenses are specific to a particular industry, but if yours is a basic startup, you might not incur so much.

  • Supplies and Equipment

Regardless of the type of business you want to start, you need certain equipment. Good examples are office equipment, that is, chairs, tables, computers, or anything that your business needs to run smoothly. And while factoring in these costs, it is important to consider where you will get the supplies or the equipment. Consider all the available options, should you lease or buy? You might want to go with the cheaper option for the moment until you are able to make a change.

  • Marketing

Your startup will surely need marketing for people to know you exist. Thankfully, the cost of promoting your business doesn’t have to break your bank. It would have if not for the social media, which has made it easy. But you still need some brochures, banners, posters, and many more, it is better if you factor in the costs while you are still planning.

Speaking of which, for better reach and easy interaction with the customer, you need a website. The cost of building one should come at this stage, or after you have set everything else up. The choice depends entirely on you.

  • Overhead Costs

Overhead costs are ongoing costs. By definition, it is what it costs to run your business, for instance, rent for the business and location, salaries, the cost of your merchandise, and the utilities, which includes electricity. You might need to pay attention to these costs for your business to run smoothly.

Meanwhile, ensure that the location you choose is strategic and it gives your customers and clients better access to your services.

  • Employees

How many employees do you need? How much will you pay them? These are some of the questions you should explore while including all costs in your business plan. Apart from influencing the type of equipment you will get, expect your staff to anticipate good pay. You don’t want to pay them a pittance and expect them to move mountains for you. Meanwhile, you should also consider offering internships if you need some basic works done. Also, outsourcing or hiring freelancers is another option. The point is to have a clear projection of how much it will cost to run your business.

There are other costs that might creep up unexpectedly, but it is vital to remember that whatever your position is financially, you can go with the cheaper options until you can afford everything else. Individually, these costs might not amount to much, but cumulatively, they will bite some chunks off your reserves. Do yourself a favor and factor them in, or you could just get financial aid from banks!





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