Questions To Ask Yourself If You Want To Start a Business


These days, many people are coming out of the woodwork to start their own business. One of the reasons that more and more people are trying their hand at it is because it appears to be simple. Is it? Starting up a business may indeed be a straightforward affair, but that is not to say it is easy. However, most would agree that it is by virtue of its very difficulty that it is a worthwhile use of time. The sort of people who succeed in business tend to be those who enjoy a real challenge when it is presented to them. Such people live for the difficult moments in business. There are few better feelings than triumphing over a task which seemed mammoth at first. But not everybody has this kind of approach – and so the business world is also full of failed attempts. How do you ensure that your stab in the dark will be one which succeeds in the long run?

There are, it is true, no hard and fast rules when it comes to business. It is a world punctuated by individuals who succeed by doing something new, or doing something old in a new manner. Whatever kind of business you hope to get into, you must first ensure that you have something which sets you apart from the rest. It is, first and foremost, a race built on the unique factors of individuals. If you don’t have anything interesting to sell yourself with, you are likely to fall short. Nonetheless, everybody is capable of building a business empire. If you are keen to achieve this particular goal yourself, then this might help you. Here are the questions you need to ask yourself if you want to start your own business.



Do You Have The Capital?

Let’s start with the basics. In order to set up a business in any way which borders on success, you need the finances to do so. This might sound like an obvious starting point – and yet, you would be amazed at just how many people start businesses with little or no money. The fact is, in order for a new business to get up and running successfully, it needs a decent amount of money behind it. Otherwise, it is viable to fall flat on its face. Let’s take a look at some of the things which need a decent amount of money, just to get the picture clear.

Any business needs at least some of the following in order to function properly. Firstly, there need to be people involved. It is unlikely that you can run a successful business solo. Sure, there is such a thing as a bedroom business, run by an individual. But these are not so much business ventures as hobbies. If you want to make a decent living, you need a more complex operation than that. And any operations more complex than a bedroom business needs some staff. How many depends on what you are hoping to achieve (more on that later), but the fact is you will have people whose wages need paying. This is likely to be one of your main expenses in your business. It should be, anyway: the people are central proceedings. As long as you look after them, you look after the company.



Another main expense is the marketing. This is an ongoing expense which you would do well to take into consideration at the very beginning. Many budding entrepreneurs begin business with the idea that marketing is a nice idea, and nothing more. Get it clear in your head before you start: the marketing driving your business is essential to its success. You need to ensure that there is sufficient capital behind it to make it the best it can possibly be. Otherwise, you are probably looking at a business which is liable to failure.

But it is not just the ongoing expenses which need considering. You will also need to dish out a fair amount upfront. This is something you need to consider well before you do anything else. What kind of equipment will you need? How much will it cost? What about office space? All these need thinking about in as much detail as possible.

Once you know what you are likely to need, you have the question of sourcing that money. The ideal situation is one in which you already have the money in your back pocket. In reality, however, this is rarely the case. Most people find that they need to first secure a loan. Whether you acquire a business loan through a bank, or you go the payday loans route, it makes no difference. Either way, you need the capital to get things rolling and keep them going at a decent rate. Otherwise, it is likely that everything will just fall through.



What Is Your Vision?

It’s not just about the money, however. There is also the other side of doing business – the more romantic side of things. You also need to ask yourself this important question: what is the vision? There is, indeed, little use in starting a business if you do not first know what you want to achieve. But this isn’t just a matter of working out what you want your business to do, or how much you want to make. It runs deeper than that.

Your business vision should be a succinct summation of an entire philosophy. All the best businesses are grounded on a philosophy which takes the business world and turns it on its head. What this is for you and your business is obviously up to you to decide. But whatever it is, it needs to be as clear as any other aspect of the business proposal. Perhaps there is a certain goal you would like to achieve within a particular industry? Maybe you are setting up a not-for-profit, and you want to make a real difference in the world? Whatever it is, be sure that you are clear about it from the outset.

How Much Help Do You Need?

Ask not whether you need any help, but rather: how much? For it is a fact that all businesses which succeed are built on strong relationships between employees. Sourcing the right people to work for your new business is, in truth, one of the more difficult elements of setting up a business. That’s why it is so important that you start it early – and get it right. The first thing to figure out is what kind of operation you are going to have.



Let’s say, for argument’s sake, that you are setting up a taxi service company in your local town or city. In this instance, the number of staff needed is quite easy to work out. Based on what kind of money you are likely to have behind you, you know how many drivers you are going to have to begin with. Add to that a receptionist and a couple of people on the phones. Plus perhaps an accountant and a marketer. That is pretty much your whole team – still, it is a fairly sized one. I use this illustration to make one central point. That is: if you believe that you won’t need anyone to help you, the chances are you are wrong.

Your business may not be a taxi company, but you will need some staff regardless. When you are hiring, ensure that you value passion and energy above prior knowledge or qualifications. The latter qualities are useful, and can make a big difference if you are choosing between people. But nothing beats the former qualities. In the long run, those are the things which stay with you. Time and again, the people you promote are the ones who showed real drive in the interview stage. Follow your gut instincts and hire those who seem to genuinely care about what you are doing – whatever that might be.



What Is Your Plan?

All businesses require a plan, but what this entails is the subject of much debate and – at times – confusion. The truth of the matter is actually quite simple: a business plan is a plan for your business. Yes, it sounds simple – that’s because it can be. It doesn’t need to be as complex as many people make it out to be. All a business plan really requires of you is that you understand exactly how your business will function. Regardless, let’s take a look at just what that entails.

To draw up a successful business plan, you first need to have a good idea of what you are hoping to achieve. You will have already decided upon this, of course, in the ‘vision’ phase of proceedings. Now it is time to work backwards, and figure out how to achieve that vision as exactly as possible. This is no more than a matter of logical, systematic thinking. However, in any good business plan, you also need to consider the nitty-gritty details of running a business. Often, this means thinking about the things you would rather not think about. This, really, is where most people fall down when it comes to writing a business plan. For example, you need to have a back-up plan for if your main idea fails. It is no good just demolishing the company on the spot. What could it turn into, to make use of the people and capital which is already in place?

As long as you have thought out your business plan with diligence and care, you can’t go much wrong. Now all there is to do is go ahead and put that dream into action.

Author: Richard Casteel

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