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Women in manufacturing: how to make it

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When we talk about business these days, we mainly seem to be discussing all things digital. And while that’s definitely the way the world seems to be going, it’s not the only way. Although there should be a big focus on online business, because it’s what so many of us seem to be embarking on, it’s not the nature of work for everyone. So it’s important not to forget some of the more traditional styles of business set up, like manufacturing. Manufacturing has made a big impact on the world for a long time, so if you’re interested in starting up, here’s how to succeed.

Nail the business plan

Firstly, you’re going to want to nail your business plan. And to do this, you need to be able to know both your business idea and the manufacturing industries really well. So if you haven’t already, you’re going to want to conduct some research to get you started. Combining sound knowledge with passion for your budding business will help you to ensure that the plan you pull together is foolproof. You need to cover off everything from the actual product idea and manufacturing process, to the finance, marketing, and sales projections too.

Get strong funding

With an online business, you can often get up and running with no capital at all. But when it comes to manufacturing and creating a product, you often need capital. This is why your business plan is so important. You need it to wow. It’s what you will use to attract investors and get your business funded. So know it like the back of your hand. Then work on finding the right investor for your business idea.

Shop around for your premises

To ensure that you can get your business underway, you need a premises. This can be one of the most difficult parts of getting started. Not only do you need to be able to find the right space, but it often has to be in the right location and at the right price too. You may find that this checklist for buying commercial industrial space is handy. If you want to get started off on the right foot, you need to put your time and attention into it.

Connect with key suppliers

But the premises is only half of the issue. You should also aim to start networking and fast. This can often be done when you’re looking for an investor, if not before. Because alongside investors, you also need suppliers. Whether you’re on the lookout for a linear motion specialist supplier or an environmentally-aware recycled packaging supplier, you need to make the connections. Having the right suppliers is often crucial to your businesses success.

Ensure your prototype holds up

Then it’s on to getting your prototype ready. Again, this is often something you will need to do before you get funding, but it also depends on how you’ve gone about getting that funding in the first place. You really need to ensure that your product idea is strong, and that the prototype is up to standard to then produce products that are sound enough to launch with.

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