Introduction to Running a Successful Manufacturing Business

Last Updated
July 20, 2010

If you run a manufacturing business, you’ll know that the everyday management of the business is significantly different to that of an office, shop, or service business.

There are many different things you need to be aware of and plan for. The following article contains details of the most important areas you should consider when starting and running a manufacturing business. You should bear in mind that if you produce several different products, you are likely to need to consider all of these areas when you start making each product.

Can it Work?

The most important thing to consider when starting a manufacturing business is whether you honestly believe you can be successful. Whereas a shop can sometimes succeed purely on location and marketing; unless the product is one of a kind, a manufacturing business will need quality, technical knowledge or a low price to produce a successful product.

For What Reasons Can the Business Succee d ?

Before you start your business, you need to think about and write down all of the reasons why you believe that you can succeed; whether it is technical expertise, new features, a low price (I.e.: Cheaper/more efficient production) or a completely new product ide a. The large startup costs of a manufacturing business mean that a genuine belief in the ability of your business is absolutely crucial. You firstly need to consider:

Selling

You need to consider how the goods you make will be sold. Will you sell them personally, through employed salespeople, through an external sales company or through a distributor?

“If your first choice of finance is not available, do you have a backup plan?”

Finance

Do you have, or can you obtain the finance for starting the business ? If your first choice of finance is not available (e.g. If the bank refuse a loan), do you have a backup plan? You must be able to demonstrate that you have thoroughly planned for your business; otherwise finance may be very difficult to obtain.

Article Index

1. Introduction 2. Startup Finance for Manufacturing Businesses 3. Further Startup Finance for Manufacturing Businesses 4. Grants and Subsidies for Manufacturing Businesses 5. Creating a Business Plan for Your Manufacturing Business 6. Product Manufacturing, Research and Development, and Product Costs and Profit 7. Outsourcing Manufacturing and Competing on Price 8. Unique Selling Points of Your Product 9. Patents and Intellectual Property for Manufacturing Business 10.Product Admin Distribution Stock Control in Manufacturing Business 11.Finding Premises for a Manufacturing Business 12.Trade Shows and Product Selling Methods for Manufacturing Businesses 13.Exporting and Product Liability for Manufacturing Businesses 14.Pricing, Marketing and Branding for a Manufacturing Business 15.Useful Links on Running a Manufacturing Business
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