There is real opportunity to start a business today because many, many businesses that existed prior to the recent recession have closed their doors and left wide range of parts of market with little choice . Many long-standing client relationships have also disappeared. More than anything else right now, consumers and businesses want the lowest cost, period! This presents a great opportunity for entrepreneurs who want to position themselves in the marketplace as the lowest-cost provider.
But before your jump into this roller coaster ask yourself a few questions…
1. What kind of business will I begin?
Do what you love to do. Businesses don’t just happen. They are made. Most people do the mistake in opening a business they know nothing of. Your success relies on what you bring to the business. If you love what you do then chances are your business will be successful. Don’t be tempted to start a retail store just because you find a cute, affordable space.
2. Where will I get the money to start my business?
Start up business funding and start up business grants are hard to come by. Ensuring you have the funds necessary to stay viable past the first few months, when business will be at its toughest, is extremely important. If the only problem you have is a momentary lack of funds, and you have a decent credit rating, speak to your bank about a business loan.
3. Do you know how to run a business?
Running a business takes different skills than practicing what you know or love. If you don’t have an idea on how to run a business, then start today learning how to do it, or find a friend that has same knowledge on this and can give you some advice.
4. Do I need a business plan?
Yes in fact many businesses that go under is because they didn’t have a business plan before they started. Creating a real business plan is hard work and a pain. But it is hard work that will be rewarded. It forces you to think past rationalizations that we all tend to make and come up with something real and doable.
5. Will my business need an office?
If you are on a tight budget and are unsure exactly how long it will take for profits to flow in at a strong level on a regular basis, consider starting a business with a home office. New businesses die every day and many suffer a premature death simply because the new owner ran out of money.