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What should you consider when setting your business goals?


Many businesses in Louisiana understand that planning and preparation are the keys to success. This is especially true for complex business transactions like mergers and acquisitions. Whether a company is set to merge with another company, acquire another company or start from scratch, one of the most crucial steps in the planning and preparation areas is to set out your business goals.

So, what should companies in Louisiana consider when setting business goals? Well, one of the first steps is to consider and attempt to determine where the company should be in the long-term. Will expansion be a key step in the future? Is the plan to start out small -- focusing on one particular product or service -- and then branch out as revenues grow? It is fine to think big at this step because not all long-term goals work out. But, what this will do is set the tone for the direction of the company.

Next, consider who will be handling crucial tasks for the company. For businesses starting from scratch, entrepreneurs might need to be willing to sacrifice quite a bit of time and money in the early stages of the company's formation and start. This could mean sacrifices to personal time and family life -- things that business owners will want to be prepared for.

Another crucial factor to consider when setting business goals is where financing will come from. What kind of capital does the company have in the beginning? Will it be enough to get through the rough patches, which can be typical when a company is just getting started? Financing can make or break a new company in Louisiana.

As you can see, there are a number things to think about before undergoing a merger, acquisition or starting a new company. In addition to the practicalities of running a business, business owners may also need to make sure all the legal requirements are met. Working with an attorney can help in this endeavor.

Source: entrepreneur.com, "Plan Your Business Plan," Accessed Jan. 1, 2017

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