.Starting a business is hard and requires persistence, hard work, time and commitment. If you want to improve your chances of success, there are a number of things that you can do (and avoid) when starting a business.
MyOwnBusiness.org, a non profit offering courses to help those planning to start a business, has an excellent list of what to do, and not to do, when starting a business. Below is their list:
The Top Ten Do’s When Starting a Business
- Live frugally and begin saving up money for starting your business.
- Learn your intended business by working for someone else in the same business first.
- Consider the benefits of starting a moonlight business.
- Consider the advantages of operating a family business.
- Objectively measure your skills and training against potential competition.
- Consider subcontracting to low cost suppliers if you’re manufacturing a product.
- Test market your product or service before starting or expanding.
- Make “for” and “against” list describing the specific business you are considering.
- Talk to lots of people in your intended business for advice.
- Make a comparative analysis of all opportunities you are considering.
The Top Ten Don’ts When Starting a Business
- Think about leaving your job before you have completed start-up plans.
- Consider starting a business in a field you do not enjoy.
- Risk all the family assets. Limit your liabilities to a predetermined amount.
- Compete with your employer in a moonlight business.
- Hurry to select a business. There is no penalty for missed opportunities.
- Select a business that is too high a risk or hurdle. Go for the two-foot hurdle.
- Select a business in which you must have the lowest price to succeed.
- Ignore the negative aspects of an intended business.
- Permit self-confidence to outweigh careful diligence.
- Allow the promise of a conceptual high reward deter reality testing first.