Starting a small business is without a doubt a large undertaking, but it is definitely something that can be achieved by anybody with a good idea, a strong work ethic, and a good set of resources! Starting a business involves thinking of a business concept, writing a business plan, understanding the financial side, and finally marketing and launching.
Sort out your goals – do you want to be financially independent through selling your business on to the highest rate, or perhaps you want something small and sustainable which you love doing (and will provide you a steady income). These are important to know early on!
You might have a product you’ve always wanted to make, or a service you think people need. It may be something totally new which hasn’t been invented yet! You might want to pair up with someone else who can help you create a good idea together. Think about what you are good at as well as the resources you have.
Check your chosen business name hasn’t already been used – otherwise you can get into a lot of trouble legally…
Who are you going to work with? Are you going to work alone, with a trusted friend or partner? Some of the greatest success stories have involved pairs! You should choose a partner who has the same ideals as you, who can get along really well with.