Today ends our formal talk about starting up, but it only begins the discussion about the need for information. As a last admonition, before you move to make your start up dreams come true there are some things to consider:
- Your reason for starting up as opposed to becoming an employee
- Current financial stability and available resources
- knowledge and experience in the business you want to start up
- SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats)
- Business plan
There are resources available to click into and make use of the wealth of wisdom, knowledge and experience. Look around. One or more may be in your “neck of the woods”. Free and low-cost business education, advice, and services are available. It is for the budding entrepreneur to discover them and dig them out. The short list below refers to resources found in the USA. Similar resources may be operating in other countries.
Other hidden treasures:
- Your local higher Education source – community college; university; extension
- Your local Chamber of Commerce
- Your Income Tax accountant
Google, “business start-up” to find articles and resources about financing new business, ideas for businesses, start-up how-to’s and much more. Also, there are on-line groups where real business owners associate. Try my fave:
- Start Up Nation – an online community of business owners
- http://linkedin.com – After you become a member of this world-wide network, search for “groups” that have business as their focus
Google, “business start-up education” and many more interesting resources pop up including a selection of lawyers and law firms who work in incorporating and other legal aspects of starting a business.
Of course, there are subscription based publications that should be familiar to business owners and potential business owners. Among them are:
Here’s to your success!
- Managing for Success: 5 Tips from Minority Business Owners (staples.com)
- CorpNet.com Releases Back-To-School Legal Checklist for Entrepreneurs (prweb.com)
- 3 Foolish Mistakes Startups Make (hiscoxusa.com)
- How to Create A Business Plan in 6 Easy Steps (projecteve.com)
- SBA Offers Advice To Hispanic Entrepreneurs In Honor of Nat’l Hispanic Heritage Month (stacksmag.net)
- Guest Article: Self-Employment as a Form of Preparedness, by S.G. (survivalblog.com)