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Your New Business Startup Questions and Answers

Aug 17, 2007
Many people today want to start their own business, and it's probably easier to do than ever before, thanks to our technological world. But business remains business, and there will always be certain rules to follow and traditional ways of looking at starting an entrepreneurial venture.

Here are some questions people have about starting their own business and an insight into some answers that will give you a good head start on getting your own business off the ground.

Starting a business opens the door for plenty of suggestions and criticism from family. Many new business owners wonder, "Should I listen to what people have to say?"

The answer is yes and no. To be professional, it's important to listen to what people have to say, no matter what they're saying. That doesn't mean you have to do as they tell you, and it also doesn't mean that the feedback or suggestions they offer are good ones.

People close to you feel they have a say in what you do and won't always sugar-coat their opinions, but try to keep in mind that by listening, you're showing respect, and that also, if they feel heard, they probably won't feel the need to keep repeating the same comments over and over.

On the other hand, there are plenty of good ideas that can come from the same people, as they'll see your business and decisions from a different perspective, so you just may find that the suggestions they offer might be valuable ones to implement.

When planning to start a business, what are some of the things that need to be taken care of from the start?

The most important thing to put down on paper is all your ideas about your business. Every time a new idea or a way of working strikes you, write it down, as you may forget the idea while trying to cover lots of other aspects of opening a business.

Have a solid plan about how you're going to do business, who you're going to approach for start-up capital, what products or services you're going to sell, and how you're going to promote your business. Also, you'll need to figure out how much you're going to sell your products or services for and what expenses you'll have. Getting a flawless business plan down on paper is the most important thing you'll need to do.

What's a feasibility analysis? Is it the same as a business plan?

Not quite. A feasibility analysis is taking a good, close look at the financial potential of your company, and seeing if it's feasible for your business to be successful, once everything has been factored in. It covers probabilities as well as risks, whereas a business plan is more of a structured outline of how your company will turn a profit.

A feasibility analysis can also show you the things you'll need to obtain or develop, such as personal skills or qualifications, and it will show you whether your plans for a home office are possible or if you'll need to rent out office space.

What are some of the things I'll need to consider to start my own business?

There are lots of considerations for individuals who want to open a business and sell to consumers. First of all, what you want to sell and for how much is important to know. Is there a market for these products or services? And how will you go about promoting your business?

Marketing strategies go beyond simple flyers or advertisements, and you'll want to be creative about how you let consumers know you're ready to do business. You'll also need some kind of office or location to run your affairs from, and you'll need to consider equipment and consumables, as well as fixed expenses and variable ones. Lastly, are you ready and prepared, mentally, physically, and financially, to open your own business?

Is there something entrepreneurs shouldn't do when they're thinking about starting a new business?

One of the biggest things people planning to start a business shouldn't do is dreaming large. Sure, it's good to have great ideas but keeping a focus and narrowing your business concept is important. Big dreamers have plans to take the world by storm, but that's often too vast an idea and it's difficult to pin down a solid business plan of something so presumptuous.

When you're thinking of starting a business, try to picture an arrow. Shot from the bow, it pierces the target. That's how you want to start your business - firmly and surely. From there, once you're established, you can start expansions of products and services, and help your business grow slowly but steadily.
About the Author
John Edmond worked for many years in insurance and finance and now writes on a number of topics including new business plans s and online publishing
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