The aim of any business is to make money, and as such, the lesser money spend upfront, the better the chances of breaking even early and earning revenues. New businesses will invariably have to spend money on setting up the required facilities, marketing and promotions, hiring staff, and for many other purposes, but many entrepreneurs get carried away and spend on items best left to a later stage.
Do not make the mistake of printing costly cards or brochures unless you are sure about the details of the services you are planning to offer. No matter how comprehensive the plan, the business model invariably face some changes to accommodate ground realities, and the first year of operations usually involves trial-and-error before freezing the model.
Control the temptation to spend lavishly on marketing. Limit advertising to the allocated budget, especially when funds are limited. Take advantage of free advertising opportunities. Instead of indiscriminate and expensive ads in newspapers and other avenues, make advertisements in local stores where people can connect, promote the business through social networking sites and other forums, undertake word of mouth campaigns, and plan any of the other possible inexpensive promotion strategies. Focus on creating a long lasting impression so that people who do not need the product or service now would still remember and come when in need.
A website is indispensable for a new business, and at times even e-commerce may be an essential requirement. Make sure the expenditure incurred for a website and domain name is worth it. In the initial stages when you may still be unsure of the path the business will take, it is far better to design the website yourself, and change the design and content as you go along. Take advantage of free web building services such as weebly.com or even a Facebook page as free alternatives to regular websites. Consider a professional website only after freezing the business model.