starting a small businessStarting a small business is something many people think about at various stages of their lives. You might have entertained the thought of starting your small business after you finished your educational career, or several years into work. Unpleasant or unhappy situations in the work place have a way of inspiring people to think of starting a small business. Health or redundancy issues in work or in life are also reasons why people think about starting your business.

But regardless of why or how you got into thinking about it, it requires a lot of good information, planning, and motivation.

Myths on Starting a Small Business

A lot of people who think of starting a small business begin with several misconceptions in mind. To start your business successfully, you have to reconsider these ideas.

Myth #1: Starting your small business is an easy way out for those who are desperate to change their situation. You have to know that there’s nothing that’s 100% easy. Starting a small business is no exception.

Myth #2: You can make a lot of money. The truth is, you can make a lot of money –as long as you do proper research and planning. Otherwise, you can expect to fail the way a lot of people do.

Myth #3: You’ll be your own boss, arranging relaxation time and holidays regularly. While it’s true that there will be a lot of flexibility with starting a small business, you should expect that your attention and presence will be required by a lot of factors.

Assessment and Preparation

To get you on the right track towards starting your business, you have to do some self-assessment. Ask yourself: do you have the following qualities and capabilities that are necessary to starting a small business, and succeeding?

You should have the following characteristics:

  • Sound health
  • Ability to work on your own most of the time
  • Self-motivation and dedication
  • An outgoing personality and interpersonal skills
  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Knowledge about the business
  • Unacceptance of failure

Aside from those personal traits, your social support system would also matter. Your family and friends would be a great help in starting a small business. Other factors would include current contacts in the business world, and good financial assets.

A lot of entrepreneurs go about starting your small business in a hasty and slipshod manner. But the key thing to remember is whatever work and input you’d expect to put in for a large business, you should also put in for a small business. Attention to detail and planning is important.

And while success doesn’t happen overnight, it can happen to you. As long as you are able to withstand pressures and remain motivated, despite any disappointments and failures, and as long as you are guided by a plan, you’ll definitely succeed at starting a small business.

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