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  • 6 Factors to Consider Before Starting a Business

    You’re thinking about diving into the world of entrepreneurship, but you don’t know what kind of business you should start. Perhaps you’re bouncing around a few different ideas right now. To narrow down your list of possible ideas, take these factors into consideration. 

    What’s Your Passion?

    Naturally, you want to start a business that you feel truly passionate about. Before settling on a business idea, consider what makes you excited to get up in the morning. Your passion should be at the core of your business.

    Legal Responsibilities

    Before launching any new business, it’s important to think about the legal tasks you would have to complete to start a certain type of company. For instance, you might need to get insurance, certifications, or a specific license in order to operate the kind of business that you have in mind. 

    Small Business Rainmaker states that you’ll also need to choose a legal structure for your business. Many entrepreneurs choose to start an LLC in California because it offers limited liability in the form of asset protection along with tax perks. Others looking for lower self-employment tax rates and deductions on business losses find that setting up an S corp in California makes sense. You’ll need to take a careful look at your options to decide which business entity is the best fit for your company.

    Finally, trademark your company’s name. Make sure that no other companies in your state have the name you want.

    Assess Your Budget

    The truth is that some businesses require higher startup costs than others. You may want to choose a business model with low overhead costs and a minimal initial investment if you’re short on funds.

    If you’re on a tight budget, don’t overlook the myriad of free tools that you can use to help build your business. For example, Signeasy recommends using no-cost apps and tools like free stock photos, blog management services, graphic design templates, and even the free versions of project management software. You can even use a Facebook ads maker to design your own unique ads for marketing your business. You can add lots of custom features, like your logo, brand colors, and preferred fonts.

    Time Management

    Some business ideas will demand much more time and effort from you as an entrepreneur. For example, providing social media management services to a small number of clients on a part-time basis will take up less of your time than running a brick-and-mortar shop offering handmade artisan goods. Think about how much time you can realistically spend managing a business in addition to your other responsibilities before committing to an idea.

    Evaluate Market Demand

    You don’t want to launch a business only to find that there is little to no demand for your products or services. That’s why assessing the current market demand for your potential offerings is key. Zip Forecasting recommends looking at global economic trends, but you can also read industry news and reach out to entrepreneurs in the field to get their expert opinions.

    Consider Your Skills

    Finally, it’s essential to recognize that passion and drive alone can only take you so far - you also need to make sure that you actually have the skills to execute your business idea. Basically, if you don’t have any experience in the culinary field or service industry, opening a restaurant might have to remain a pipe dream for now. 

    Think about your professional background and the skills that you’ve developed throughout your career. What are your capabilities? And which of your talents and skills overlap with your passion? The answers to these questions will help you choose a business idea.

    Deciding on just one business idea isn’t easy, but it’s important to evaluate which business models are workable and which just won’t be feasible. With these tips, you’ll be able to settle on a business idea that can take you far.

    Membership in the Perris Valley Chamber of Commerce puts you in touch with other local entrepreneurs with great advice for helping your business thrive. Join us today!

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