Advice You Need To Know Before You Start A New Small Business
Before we begin our discussion, it is helpful to understand the vocabulary of business and the definitions of a few common acronyms
What is the definition of a side hustle
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Take it Slow
The transition from being an employee to becoming a business owner can be quite abrupt. It is advisable that you learn to supplement your income while you still have a full-time job or before you take the plunge into business ownership.
In addition, when you go from being an employee to a business owner, the transition can make you feel overwhelmed. The learning curve required to become a business owner can be hectic so I recommend that most people who are new to business ownership start small without going all in on their first attempt.
While it is good advice to dip your toe in the water first by starting a business on a part-time basis or as a side hustle to see if you have what it takes to be a business owner and to verify that there is a market for your product or service, having options when you are ready to scale and make it a full-time effort for you often can make you abandon your effort prematurely.
When you are considering starting a business it is better to be focusing on offense and less about defense.
With that out of the way, it is essential that you understand there are three ways you can become a business owner. Here is an excerpt from a video lesson from Boot Camp: Steps to Owning your business, which described the three ways.
And here is a post that looks at the 3 ways with an emphasis on the risk associated with each of the three options.
Now that you know the three ways to become a business owner it is time to choose a path from the following options to explore in more detail:
Uncommon Things You Should Know Before You Become An Entrepreneur
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As a serial entrepreneur and mentor to thousands of small businesses, the author has distilled a lifetime of business wisdom that every new entrepreneur should consider before they starting their first business.
Readers will learn:
- How to test their market before committing resources to a solution
- How to reduce their startup risk
- How to discover their niche
- How to predict future demand
- That a good idea is not enough
- How retirement plans and even your employer can fund your startup costs
Before You Leap is a concise and easy to read guide packed with solid advice that will help you determine if you have what it takes to be a business owner and if you launch will help you avoid costly mistakes.