Starting a business? Look before you leap

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Instead of working for someone who’s living their dream, work for yourself and live your dream. That was an easy decision – obviously not, but where do you start?

My first suggestion is to take a deep breath. Now a second deeper breath. Is this really what you want to do? If the answer is still ‘Yes’ then the next decision is just to get out there and get on with it?


Look before you Leap

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, ‘Look before you leap.’ You’ve also heard, ‘Ready, aim, fire.’ Well, these have become good sayings for good reason. You’ll meet plenty of business consultants and sales people who say “Leap, and then look” or “Ready, fire, aim” because chances are they are trying to sell you something, make that anything.


However, if you don’t have unlimited money and whether you survive or thrive, I think “Look before you leap” or “Ready, aim, fire” makes much better sense.  


So you’ve still decided you really want to start your own business. That’s great, let’s hold onto that dream, as long as it makes sense.  So a good next question is – what are your options?  


Your Options

Obviously you have the choice to start your own business, just like you decided.  But perhaps you didn’t realize that you actually have three choices?  


You can start your own business and do everything from scratch. If you’re starting your own business you will be responsible for doing everything from scratch. We’ll come back to this but maybe you should consider the other two options.  


The next option is to buy an existing business. If you have some money you can get together, then maybe that’s a better option. What’s the third option? The third option is to buy the rights to a local franchise.


So there we go. Perhaps you thought there was only one option and that was to start your business from scratch but in fact there are three viable options. And what’s interesting, each option will appeal to a different person based on their previous business and industry experience, risk tolerance and skill set. 


If business ownership is new to you, chances are you’ll choose between buying an existing business or buying the rights to a franchise.


The final choice is yours.  If you’re just starting your journey to move into local business, read, ask questions and talk to those in business so you find the right fit. In my opinion, your chances of success are much greater if you find the right fit for your unique situation of skills, experience, finances, risk tolerance and personality. If you bring it all together success is a matter of hard work.

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