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Questions to ask when opening a small business

If you are dreaming of becoming a small business owner then you may find that you have more questions then answers. This is fairly typical and you shouldn't be concerned by this. However, it is important to get answers to your questions before you begin the process of setting up your small business. The knowledge that you gain before you open your small business will be crucial in whether or not your small business succeeds for the long term. So whether you are looking to add to your income, start a new career, or turn your hobby into a company, here are questions to ask when opening a small business-

- What are you good at? You should not underestimate the importance of this question. Unfortunately, many people don't stop to consider this when they are setting up a small business. While you don't have to know everything about your small business you should at least have a considerable knowledge and familiarity with it. Keep in mind that the less you know the harder it will be to make your small business successful. Do not let the lure and glamour of a particular industry tempt you to open a business in it when you don't really know what you are doing. The best way to find the right small business for yourself is to find what you are really good at.
- How much money do you need? Different types of small businesses will take different amounts to open them. You will need to be realistic about not only how much it will cost to open your small business but how much money you will be able to get. Keep in mind that if you are struggling to find money your options will be a lot more limited. It is also important to keep in mind that if you are planning on working at your small business as your source of income you will need to plan ahead. Most small businesses take a considerable amount of time before they are successful which means that you will need an alternate source of income until your small business can start providing one.
- How much do you want to work? Many small business owners seriously underestimate the number of hours that they will need to devote to their business. If you are dreaming of simply dropping in periodically on your small business then you will need to choose an industry that will work for that. However, most small businesses require that the business owner dedicate themselves to it extensively at least for the first few years. You should have a realistic idea of how much time you are willing to devote to your small business. Keep in mind that if you want a full time income from your small business you should be prepared to devote some serious hours to it. If you are looking to only work a few hours a week and supplement your income then other types of small businesses will work for that but your choices will be more limited.
- How long do you want to be in business? There are many small business owners who see a temporary opportunity that can make some them some significant money. They will enter the industry only to capitalize on that and then move on. However, if you are looking to create a small business that will be around for the long term you will have other considerations about the type of business you will open. Your small business will need to be based on a product or service that is not a trend or a fad. Knowing how long you want to be in business will be a major factor as to the type of small business that you choose for yourself.

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