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Many people have ideas for a new business and dream of a day when they might work for themselves. But for most people, this dream never materializes. And for the remaining intrepid entrepreneurs who start a business, there is no guarantee of success. Let’s compare entrepreneurship to something not at all related: football. For every player who makes the peewee football team, very few will one day play at the collegiate or (even rarer) the pro level.

The same is true for entrepreneurs. While many are theoretically capable of starting a successful business, few will create one that lasts, if at all. This is not to say that entrepreneurship is not a good path to follow. On the contrary, it can be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life. But everyone considering starting a business should continue to read this article.

Starting a New Business

  • Assess Your Risk Tolerance: Consider your comfort level with taking risks. Starting a business involves uncertainty and challenges, and being risk-averse might impact your decision-making and stress levels.
  • Evaluate Financial Stability: Analyze your financial situation. Starting a business often requires upfront investment and may not generate immediate profit, so ensure you have sufficient resources or backup plans.
  • Identify Your Motivation: Understand why you want to start a business. Whether it’s passion, flexibility, or financial goals, knowing your motivation helps maintain focus during tough times.
  • Analyze Market Demand: Research to see if there’s a demand for your product or service. A viable business idea meets a market need or solves a specific problem for customers.
  • Consider Your Skills and Experience: Reflect on whether your skills and experience align with your business idea. This alignment can significantly influence your business‘s success.
  • Understand the Time Commitment: Starting and running a business requires significant time and effort. Consider if you can commit to long hours, especially in the early stages.
  • Seek Advice from Entrepreneurs: Talk to experienced entrepreneurs for insights. They can provide valuable advice, potential pitfalls to avoid, and encouragement from their journey.
  • Plan for Work-Life Balance: Think about how starting a business will affect your personal life. Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is crucial for long-term success and well-being.
  • Assess Business Sustainability: Evaluate the long-term sustainability of your business idea. Consider economic, environmental, and social factors that could affect its future viability.
  • Prepare for Challenges: Anticipate and plan for potential challenges. Having a contingency plan and resilience can help navigate the unpredictable nature of business.

Do You Have a Basic, Sustainable Idea?

A good business needs to start as a functional, basic idea. Let’s say you want to start a baked goods company. First, you should be able to make, package, and ship a great cookie. If you can create a cookie that could, theoretically, sustain your business indefinitely, then your idea is a good one. From the cookie foundation, you can build into other baked goods, expanding your business model. But you’ve started from a solid platform. Many businesses do not start from a sustainable model, and it’s challenging for them to grow from that point.

Do You Have a Unique Business Idea?

For a business to succeed, it must either offer something that other businesses do not, or it must conduct its business in a way that exceeds others’ professionalism. Redundant businesses do not do well. However, you may have a conventional idea that is not represented by any other local business. Take the average delivery pizza place, for example. It’s not that there aren’t thousands of other ones. But if your pizza place opens in an area that doesn’t have competition, your conventional restaurant will have a corner on the market.

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Do You Understand the Tools of Your Modern Industry?

Whether or not you’ve been to business school, you should understand how people in your business are conducting business today, not two, five, or ten years ago. Today, many new technologies exist that are continually revolutionizing industries. These revolutions happen in cycles measured in months, not years or decades. So pay attention.

“Many new business owners underestimate the time it will take to make a profit. Some spend most of their capital on renting commercial space, hiring employees, and buying office furniture. Realize that it will take some time for your business to get in the black. Think long-term investment rather than instant gratification.” – Mistakes Not to Make When Starting a Business

There are many other questions that one should ask oneself before starting a business, but these are three of the most fundamental. From here, it should be easy to see what other considerations must be made before starting a (successful) small business.

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