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Many people may enjoy the notion of starting their own business because of the lure of generating immediate profits for their innovative inventions and ideas. However, it takes more than just having an idea of a establishing a startup that will lead to a company’s success. There is a considerable amount of planning that needs to take place prior to the launch of a company in addition to personal and financial dedication. Despite the fact that the majority of startups will eventually fail in their first year, many of these failures can be prevented if entrepreneurs’ simply took the needed time to properly assess if they have what it takes to run their own company.

Industry experience
One question forthcoming enterprise founders should ask themselves is whether or not they are fully capable of starting their own business. The idea of a startup may seem like an alluring prospect, but without familiarity and understanding of the industry, entrepreneurs may experience a difficult time in sustaining their company’s success. The imperative qualification of industry experience should not be overlooked because it may mean potential failure in the end. Lack of experience does not necessarily mean that entrepreneurs should not start a business; however, they should wait until they have developed considerable knowledge in the field. They can accomplish this by talking to other business owners within the same industry who can give practical advice about startup costs, revenue projections, expertise in running a company, and other additional company expenses. A prospective entrepreneur should also conduct independent research regarding competitors as well as find out which sorts of businesses are needed within their community.

Risky business
Many entrepreneurs will agree that starting a small business is a risky endeavor. Not only should ample time and energy be invested during a company’s preliminary stages but company founders should also be aware that their reputation may be jeopardized if their business fails. In addition, if a company is not successful as anticipated, there may be a strong possibility that business owners may have to resort to closing or bankruptcy and lose much of their invested wealth. The first few years of a company is considered to be a very crucial time for entrepreneurs since their startup’s fate is unexpected. It is important that an individual evaluate the different risks involved when considering entrepreneurship. If they do not feel comfortable with taking these risks, then perhaps they may need to reconsider whether starting a small enterprise is suitable for them.

For more information about the Pros and Cons of Angel Investing, please refer to our related articles section of Angel Investing.

Be ready to be the boss
Many first-time entrepreneurs will agree that the reality of running a small business is very different than what they had initially expected. Some business owners may have the misconception that once they launch their businesses, they will be able to finally have more available free time and can live a comfortable, stress-free lifestyle; however, this is not completely true. A significant part of owning a company and becoming your own boss includes an undeniable amount of sacrifice, where much arduous effort and comprehensive hours of labor is required. Many business owners may not be prepared for these daily challenges and may lack the necessary personal drive and motivation to manage their employees, deal with customers, or even run a whole company. Forthcoming entrepreneurs are encouraged to actively solicit the opinions of others to find out if they are completely capable of being their own boss and running a company. The pooled opinions may vary, and at times, be painful to accept; however, it is always a good practice to obtain constructive criticism from others before making the crucial decision to start a business.

Family support
Starting a small enterprise and managing family life are considered to be both demanding, full-time responsibilities. Both commitments encompass the sacrifice of time, effort, and finances to properly sustain. These can be quite difficult tasks for the entrepreneur to properly balance and for their family members to fully accept. Family members of business owners should be prepared for all the daunting challenges associated with a startup, including the demanding schedule of their loved one. It is a proven fact that entrepreneurship can be mentally, physically, and financially draining. Family members should offer their loved ones understanding and emotional support, especially during the preliminary years of the company launch.

Genuine enthusiasm and creativity
Many people become inclined to start a business simply for the financial return. On the other hand, there are entrepreneurs who have the tendency to see beyond this monetary gain, are clearly very enthusiastic about entrepreneurship, and confident that their products and services are what people want. In addition, this latter group of entrepreneurs tends to have a relentless inherent sentiment that once their unique ideas are marketed, these innovations can clearly improve one’s quality of life. This unwavering optimism and passion for their company is the driving force behind their solid success.

For more information about Winning Entrepreneur Characteristics, please refer to our related articles section.

Once an entrepreneur has evaluated they have what it takes to start a company, they can now follow a few steps to launch a successful business.

  1. Visualization and research of product, service, and market

    The initial step to a successful business involves the company owner’s work in preparing and improving the products and services that will be offered to paid customers. Prospective entrepreneurs must first decide on the type of business they are interested in starting. They must then use those ideas along with their personal and professional experiences into envisioning and creating goods that will greatly attract a consumer base. The design and innovation of such products often entails extensive research of competitors and prospective consumers in the targeted markets. Once the products/services are determined, a product prospectus should be written, documenting how each of the products/services are prepared, used, and its competitive edge.

  2. Preparation of a marketing strategy and well-written business plan

    Once entrepreneurs establish enough knowledge about their target markets and have implemented their active concepts into reality, they are now ready to market their goods and ideas. This often entails devising a marketing strategy which is successfully accomplished by paid professional assistance and/or experimental presentations to attract a consumer base. A detailed business plan is also needed for any business, regardless of the size of the company, which documents the company’s objectives, their goods/services offered, startup costs, and the targeted market and customers. Every business plan varies, and the Small Business Administration (along with other private companies) may be able to offer paid technical and practical advice in creating a business plan tailored to a company’s needs.

  3. Seeking professional assistance

    Government agencies can offer company owners much needed expert and friendly advice on starting a business. In addition, lawyers and accountants can provide entrepreneurs with valuable information concerning government rules, regulations, zoning, and other legal issues. Many of these professionals can also critique proposed business plans and assist in determining which legal form is most suitable for their company (i.e. partnership, proprietorship, corporation, etc.).

  4. Sources of capital

    The final step in starting a business entails obtaining the necessary funding to sustain a company’s survival. Some sources include the use of personal savings, angel, (for more information about angel investors, please refer to our related articles section) and venture capitalist financing, borrowed money from business associates, private loans, and family and friends. The process of obtaining funding may be time consuming and frustrating; however, it is important to stay motivated until the desired capital is raised.

While many people can envision the idea of owning their own business, some do not have what it takes to start and successfully sustain a company. Most small enterprise failures can easily be avoided if business owners would simply be aware of the challenges that lie ahead and evaluate within themselves if they are fully prepared to start their own business. Once they are able to determine that they are capable, they can then take the necessary steps needed for startup success.

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