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If you have a great idea for a service or product and want to start your own business, there are several things you can do to improve your chances of success. Much of your company's success will depend on time spent planning and preparing before you open the doors for your customers.

Make a Business Plan

It's wise to put your business plan down in writing to help you sort through your steps and see the scope of the project in one place. Be sure to clearly define your mission, goals, and strategies, and then write everything down efficiently. Your plan should include securing the funding you will need for startup costs.

Research Everything

Do research to figure out what legal description would work best for your company. Be sure to follow the laws and requirements for your state. It’s also important to get all the information and resources your customers will need when they interact with you. Create an online store if that's part of your business plan.

Accept Credit Cards

There are several steps related to credit card processing for small business. You'll need to set up a merchant account with a bank and secure processing equipment. If you will be doing business solely online, set up an online payment gateway for credit card processing through an Internet merchant account.

Most credit card companies charge businesses a processing fee. In general, you will be required to pay those fees without passing them along to your customers. It's vital that you understand all the terms and conditions related to credit card processing before you open your business. When everything is in place, it’s time to open for business.