Visionaries, leaders, geniuses -- entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes. Characterised by energy and enthusiasm, the typical entrepreneur always has a strong vision about his or her business.

Many of them are great self-starters and often incredibly good at leading and inspiring a team. If you are starting your own business venture, self-motivation, self-belief and an unquenchable drive to succeed are all key requirements.

But while having these characteristics is important, they do not necessarily guarantee you business success. From planning marketing strategies to getting a public liability insurance quote, here are some of the most common requirements that are often not seen as immediate priorities when starting a new business.

Business Insurance

Most start-up businesses are, by their very nature, entrepreneurial. When conceiving the new venture with an ambitious growth plan, taking adequate steps to protect your company, should things go wrong is very important. While mistakes are inevitable for those start ups, having something in place such as UK small business insurance, can help protect from risks, while maintaining both your interests and those of your clients. Although business insurance can cover many aspects of the entrepreneurial environment, contacting a professional indemnity insurance specialist in your business's area can often add real value to your start-up.


In the early months or years of a new business, the founder is often required to act in a 'hands on' role, simultaneously fulfilling the duties of the accountant, secretary, marketing person, manager, sales and even the IT department role -- all rolled into one. As your business grows, it is important to consider how you will delegate work to others, and how your workforce will expand to suit its growing needs. While delegation can be difficult after having had full control, it is crucial for your business to succeed on a larger scale.


The importance and value of marketing is not always immediate and obvious but it is essential to succeed in the long-term. By developing a strategy that effectively communicates the benefits of your products and services - and how they meet your client's needs - you'll be better placed to foster long-term and profitable relationships as your new business progresses.


Many new businesses need significant funds to get started and to grow, and though many entrepreneurs are prepared to take risks on new ventures, ensuring that the appropriate finances are in place to support the development is essential. For example, it may take longer to get a product or service to market than expected, or the number of staff a business will need to run effectively may be higher than planned. It is difficult to achieve success on a large scale without a prudent financial plan in place, so seek advice and firm up your prospective future costs to maximise your profits.