Finding a Good Match
You also must be well suited to start and operate the business and services you’re considering providing. You and your business must be a good match. You may have an interest and even experience in a specific business or in providing a specific service, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a good match. Here are a few points to consider when determining a good business match.
* Do you have the financial resources to start or purchase the business, and enough money to pay the day-to-day operating expenses until the business breaks even and is profitable? If not, it’s probably not a good match, and you should consider alternatives.
* Does the business have the potential to generate the income you need to pay your personal expenses, and does it also have the potential to generate the income you want to earn? This is very important because if you can’t pay your own personal bills, you’ll soon be in trouble. And if, over time, you can’t earn the income you want to earn, you’ll lose interest in the business–a recipe for disaster.
* Are you physically healthy enough to handle the physical strains of starting and running the business? If not, you may end up having to hire people for the job, which can be problematic if the business revenues aren’t there to support both management and employee wages.
* Do you have experience in this type of business or service, and do you have any special skills that can be utilized in the business? You can gain experience and knowledge on the job but skills that can be utilized and capitalized upon right away are extremely valuable.
* Are there any special certificates or educational requirements to start and operate the business, and are these readily available? Find out the upfront costs associated with these, how they can be obtained, and the time frame needed to obtain specific certificates. Training and certification shouldn’t be viewed negatively because often the return on time and investment is substantially rewarded financially. Anything worth doing is worth doing well.
* Will you enjoy operating the business, and does it match your personality type and level of maturity? This is very important. If you don’t think that you would enjoy it, then don’t start. Again, the loss of interest in a business is almost certainly the kiss of death. You can’t stay motivated and rise to new challenges if you don’t like what you’re doing.
To start looking for service business ideas, read the book 202 Services You Can Sell for Big Profits or the article ” 105 Service Businesses to Start Today .”
James Stephenson invests his fifteen years of small business, marketing and sales experience into his books. He has started and operated numerous successful homebased businesses, and is author of the highly acclaimed booksUltimate Start-Up Directory andUltimate Small Business Marketing Guide as well as the202 Series. James operates Stephenson & Stephenson, a consulting firm providing small business owners with creative, results-based marketing solutions.