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Top 5 Questions to Ask Before Business Start
May 1, 2019 at 5:30 AM
by Leonard Tam
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It's exciting to start a business ... And that's scary. One of the best ways to boost the excitement and shrink the fear is to take the time to ensure that you are fully prepared for what is to come.

While it's hard to plan for any possibilities and challenges that may arise, you can get yourself on the path to success by considering these five questions before jumping in with both feet.

1. Am I setting goals, and am I planning to reach them?

As the saying goes, "He who does not plan, plans to fail," and this is particularly true when starting a business. You may find yourself stumbling through the stages of starting a business and facing unwanted stress and frustration without a clear idea of where you want to go and how you plan to get there.

One of the most important steps is to set goals outlining what you want to achieve in the short term (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, etc.) and in the long term (2 years, 5 years, etc.). It's time to make sure that you have a plan for your business that will guide you along the way once you've created your goals. Comprehending your motivation to start a business in the first place is also helpful.

2. Can I follow my plan without infringing any laws or regulations?

You should consider a number of legalities when starting a business. Here is a list of some of the areas of law that you should investigate:

• Deciding on your business structure (single ownership, partnership, company, limited liability company)

• Enter a name of the company

• Obtaining the licenses and permits required

• Planning for corporate tax

3. Did I take full account of the financial implications of starting a business?

When you start a business, money is a major concern, especially if you are going to leave behind a steady pay check and if your business has substantial start-up costs.

Some business financing options to consider facilitating the financial transition include starting your business on the side while continuing to work full-time, working a part-time job until your business becomes established, waiting to start your business until a financial reserve has been saved, and borrowing the necessary funds to bridge the gap.

4. Is my network of support in place?

We do very little completely independently in life, and the same is true in business. Even if you plan to be a sole proprietor, creating an external support system can be a tremendous benefit to keep you on track.

Your network of support may include family, friends, colleagues, mentors, coaches, and anyone else who can help you navigate roadblocks. If you have an effective support system in place, you will find that if necessary you have a cheerleader, consultant, moral support and even the advocate of a devil.

5. Do I need what to do as a business owner?

Being a successful business owner requires a unique mix of character and character traits of small business. While there is no standard formula that makes one type of person more successful than another, there are some business-friendly personality traits that include passion, drive, dedication, and self-discipline that can ease the start-up process as a business owner. And being an effective communicator and someone willing to take measured risks does not hurt.