Starting a business is an exciting step but it is also a big step. For that reason, entrepreneurs who are considering starting a business should ask themselves if they are ready to start a business.
Business readiness considerations
There are a variety of different questions potential business owners should ask themselves when they are starting up including:
- Do you have the time necessary to commit to the success of their business?
- Have you considered the impact the new business may have on family members and others you are close to?
- Do you have the characteristics needed, including the ability to multi-task and the organizational and networking skills necessary?
- Do you have the initial capital to get the business started? Typically, the business owner will need 20% to 30% of what is needed to get the business started and may seek initial capital investments from family members, friends or partners.
- Do you have an understanding of monetary controls and the ability monitor the financial soundness of the business?
There are a variety of important steps to consider when setting up a business in addition to asking these questions. These steps include conducting marketing research; writing a business plan; choosing a business structure and a name; choosing a business location and registering the business; applying for business licenses and meeting tax requirements; and opening a business bank account.
It is important for entrepreneurs to know these steps and ask themselves these questions before starting a new business and to know the answers to these questions before beginning their start up. In some circumstances, they may be able to hire those needed to help them run a successful business. In any circumstance, they should be familiar with business law resources and what to consider when starting a business.