4 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Starting A Business
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Do you dream of running your own business?
Do you have an amazing idea and are thinking about taking the plunge to market it?
Running your own business can be life-changing. You’re your own boss, work around your own schedule, and can potentially make a lot more money than you’re earning in your current job.
What’s more, being a business owner is about pursuing your passion and carving the life you’ve always wanted.
Or at least in a perfect world.
In reality, starting a business can be extremely challenging and comes with some risks.
So, to help you decide whether or not you’re ready to embark on this exhilarating journey, we’ve listed below four key questions you need to ask yourself before starting your new business.
Am I Ready To Take The Risk Of Starting A Business?
Starting a business can be risky. After all, a staggering 60% of small businesses fail before reaching their third year.
You might let go of a good job and financial security to start this new adventure and take the plunge into a highly competitive world. It can be difficult to handle the pressure and stress. And as if that wasn’t enough, you’ll most likely end up working long hours, running the risk of burnout.
In fact, a recent study revealed that almost half of Australian small business owners experienced burnout over the past twelve months. And in 24% of cases, it led to depression.
Mental health issues are a significant risk when running your own business, so make sure you’re ready to tackle challenges and can find a healthy balance between work and personal life.
Can I Afford To Start A Business?
The number one reason small businesses fail is lack of funding or financial mismanagement. The financial aspect is key when starting a business because cash flow is what will allow you to set up your business properly and live while you’re getting started.
So, not only do you need to come up with a detailed business plan to ensure the feasibility of your project, but you’ll also need to budget for your personal needs.
Some of the additional questions you need to look into when putting together your business plan are:
- How are you going to finance the business?
- What are your financial goals?
- How much do you need to start?
- Will you be able to keep saving for retirement, pay your bills and afford to live?
- How much will your monthly cash flow be?
How Much Energy And Time Is Starting A Business Going To Take Me?
This is a question a lot of start-ups skip or overlook.
Yet, it’s crucial.
As an entrepreneur or a small business owner, your time and energy are some of your main assets.
That’s why you need to consider the ratio of time/energy versus reward carefully.
Let’s imagine you set up an online second-hand clothing business. You’ll need to advertise to collect second-hand clothes, pick them up, review their condition, send back or dispose of the items you can’t sell, take pictures of each of the pieces you want to keep, label them, put them up on your website and promote them online. Then, once you start making sales, you might have to deal with returns and complaints. The online clothing space is a tricky niche because people buy without trying first, and the return rate can be significant.
All of these tasks will be time-consuming and can quickly deplete your energy levels, so make sure you consider this factor before starting a business that requires a lot of energy and time.
Is There A Need For My Product Or Service?
Another key step entrepreneurs tend to skip is the all-important market research.
You’re excited, and you want to tell the world about your new service or product.
We get it.
But first, you need to ensure the world needs your products or services. Sure, you might think your idea is revolutionary. But what does the market think?
Here are some easy ways to test your business idea and assess whether there’s demand for your offering:
- Look at search volumes using tools such as Google’s Keyword Planner and Moz’s Keyword Explorer.
- Spend time on online forums and Facebook Groups around your niche. Digital listening is one of the most effective ways to join the conversation and understand what your target audience needs. Joining conversations where your potential customers discuss their problems will help turn your guesses into actual facts.
- Engage with people in relevant groups and online forums and ask for their opinion on your idea. Not only will you get feedback, but you’ll also be able to identify your ideal customer profile.
What’s The Next Step?
Once you’re ready to get started on your own business, don’t hesitate to read our post on the ten steps to start a business in Australia. It has been written to highlight the key steps you’ll need to follow to set up your business the right way.
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