Everybody needs a means through which they can make a living. This is because you have basic needs that you need to cater for and also other luxuries that you may want to have. There are limited job opportunities in the market nowadays and therefore you need alternatives. One of the ways you can do this is through starting up your own business. Those who do not have any form of formal education or training and those who want to make some extra money can start their own businesses. The main aim of starting a business venture for most people is to make profits. This is where a business guide comes in handy.The first step to take after deciding on putting up a business establishment is to identify the kind of business opportunity you will go for. While there are numerous business opportunities that you can start, not all of them can be successful to you. The success of a business will depend on various factors. Choosing a business that you are familiar with is very important as you will have particular know-how on how to solve various business related challenges and how to avoid them in future. Once you have identified the business opportunity that suits you best, you have to lay out a detailed business plan. This will act as a guideline for you when it comes to your business in terms of the market your goods and services are targeted at, the competition, your source of capital and the way you will manage your finances. This plan proves to be important when you need to apply for financial assistance from a financial institution or even an individual.One of the most important steps when starting a business is getting the necessary funds required. The methods of raising money to start a business vary from person to person. The nature of your business will also determine how much capital you will need. The sources of capital include: your personal savings, loans from financial institutions and money that you get from your family and friends.Once you have come up with enough capital, it time now to start up the business. You will need a premise. Choose a premise which is situated in a strategic location where you will have an easy access to your customers and suppliers. This may not be necessary if you wish to work from home. You will then give your business a name and eventually have it registered with the relevant authorities. Registration goes with obtaining the permit. This is very important as you don’t want to have running battles with authorities. Once you have all this in place you can then have your products or services ready for your customers.