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Starting a Health and Wellness Business? Read On!

Updated: Nov 20, 2022

For potential small-business owners looking to start their own venture that promotes living a vegan lifestyle, it can sometimes be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Maybe it’s part of your plans for this year, or maybe you’ve been thinking about starting your own company for years. Whether you’re starting a brick-and-mortar health-food store or an online wellness tips blog, you need a strategy. The Struggling Vegan shares a few things you should focus on as you’re beginning your journey.

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THE PLAN

Having a succinct yet comprehensive business plan is key to getting off on the right foot when starting a vegan-based company. Having a plan written out will help you think through your goals, make your priorities crystal clear, and give you a better sense of what you need to do when you encounter various challenges.


THE COST

Before doing anything substantial with your business (beyond creating a plan and ideating your goals), you need to determine how much you will need in startup capital. A few costs you may encounter as you’re setting up your company:

  • Office space for employees (if an on-site business)

  • Equipment and location lease (if an on-site business)

  • Marketing (more about this below)

  • Payroll (or money paid to consultants if you don’t have traditional hourly employees)

You can find funding through several different avenues. For instance, the U.S. Small Business Administration offers ways for small-business owners to apply for grants, depending on what their business does. (This is another reason you need a business plan right off the bat; most grant applications will require sharing your plan.) You can also apply for business loans or see if you qualify for federal stimulus aid.


THE DETAILS

When you have everything figured out as far as your business plan, structure, and funding go, you may file to form a limited liability company (LLC) in your state. There are many benefits of forming an LLC, but be aware: Many states require owners of LLCs to file annual reports at the end of the year. Details like business name changes, membership changes, and new addresses (among others) need to be in this report so you don’t have to pay fees later.


The fastest way to file your annual report — quickly and accurately — is to use an online service. Some states may require you to fill out forms by hand and mail them, while others may allow you to file online.


THE MARKETING

36creative notes that businesses rise and fall on the quality of their marketing. For brick-and-mortar locations and online stores alike, if you don’t have a comprehensive marketing plan, things can go sour. Here are several ideas for getting your vegan business off the ground and into the minds of the public:

  • Identify your target audience. You will probably be targeting people of a certain age who want to make healthy changes in their lives.

  • Maintain an online presence. A blog where you post tips for healthy eating can help you create a cohesive brand and position you as a thought leader in the space.

  • Set up social media channels. This will help you engage the community and show a personal side — something people look for in small companies.

  • Hire a content marketing agency. An agency like Cornerstone Content specializes in SEO strategies that help your business website generate new traffic, bring in new leads, and ultimately bring in more sales.


THE TECHNOLOGY

This is the piece that will bring it all together. Knowing how to bring your business fully online and into the modern era is the topping on the cake. In 2018, around 42 percent of small-business owners had a mobile app according to a Clutch survey — meaning, they could reach more people using handhelds. It makes shopping and information gathering efficient and easy for the consumer — a highly marketable thing. Take the time to invest in your company by creating a mobile app and bringing it to the global marketplace.


When it comes to technology, you can’t forget your operational needs as well. For example, will you need a Customer Relationship Management system (CRM) or will you need to create a customized database to structure and manage your data? Also, if you plan to have staff, you need a full service payroll system that enables you to manage every aspect of payroll. Ideally, this will include capabilities like automating and calculating payroll and taxes, running payroll reports and direct deposit.


Gone are the days of manually tracking everything through spreadsheets, so it’s crucial to have a clear understanding of what you need behind the scenes to effectively run your business.


BRING IT ALL TOGETHER

As a vegan starting your business, it can be a scary task. But by bringing all of these things together – including working from a business plan, using creative marketing including SEO strategies, and optimizing available technology – and remaining intentional about your goals, your health-based business will be going strong in no time.


Sharing news, events, recipes and tips on health and wellness, The Struggling Vegan helps people transition to a plant-based/vegan lifestyle. Contact us today to learn more!


Article by Jennifer Scott


About the Author
Jennifer Scott is a lifelong sufferer of anxiety and depression. A single mom, she writes about the ups and downs of her mental illness on SpiritFinder.org. The blog serves as both a source of information for people with mental illness and a forum where those living with anxiety and depression can come together to discuss their experiences.

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