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SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING | THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE STARTING

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Initiating a small business manufacturing in India is generally considered as an opportunity. Manufacturing opportunity produces a product that can generate sufficient surplus. The product plays an important role in the small business manufacturing operation. Setup and financing of a manufacturing business require in-depth planning and plentiful resources. The manufacturing industry is also heavily regulated by different Government Authorities. Here we articulate important things to consider in starting a small business manufacturing in India.

IDENTIFY WHAT IT TAKES IN STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING

Starting a manufacturing business involves a lot of commitments. Often manufacturing business calls for a up-front financial investment for specialized facilities, equipment and raw material. Identifying the proper human resource requirement and recruiting skilled personnel is also important. Manufacturing processes come in different shape and size, such as a manual, semi-automatic and fully-automatic operation.

MAKING A PRODUCT CHOICE IN SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING

Selecting a right product is the most primary issue in getting success form manufacturing business. In a project conceptualization stage while making a product choice following factors are related to product need to be considered:

Product Line – Depth, Width

Packaging

Branding

Warranties

After Sales Service

Ease of availability of raw-material

Process Technology

Accessibility to the market

Incentive and support from Government

If you are looking for a product that has export potential, the following additional factors need to be considered:

Contents of export-product portfolio

special requirements for packaging to export the products

What product adaptations are needed to be made for exporting a product to a specific country.

WTO conditions involved e.g. “child labour free”, ISO 9000 certified, GMP followed etc.

TECHNOLOGY & MACHINERY FOR SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING

Choice of technology and process involves the selecting right machinery. Only a customized detailed project report can give you the solution about the machinery and process with project cost. For some complex products, a process knows how has to be imported. In such cases, agreements for technology transfer should be made with due care to safeguard interest. A lot of appropriate technology is being developed at CSIR and Defense Research Labs and some of this technology can now be bought. Indigenously developed process know-how has intrinsic benefits such as appropriateness and relative inexpensiveness.

ARRANGING FINANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURING IN INDIA

No manufacturing business can take off without monetary support. This need for finance can be classified into following types:

Term Loan (long & medium term)

Working Capital Loan

Seed Capital

Hire Purchase Leasing For Machinery

Angel Investment

Loan Against Property

Unsecured Business Loan

In arranging finance you must consider the several Government schemes and grant specially designed for SME. Regardless to the bank or types of loan, you are applying for, these documents are generally required for a loan application:

Documentation for Loan Application

Balance Sheet and Profit Loss Statement for last three consecutive years of firms owned by promoters

Income Tax Assessment Certificates of Partners/Directors

Proof of Possession of Land/Building

An architectural estimate for construction cost.

Partnership deed/Memorandum and Articles of Associations of Company

Project Report

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