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What to Do Before Starting a Business

Kody Wirth | Nov 13, 2023

When you’re fired up about starting a business, it can be tempting to jump right in. But before you start picking out the perfect business name and researching ideas—you need to understand what you’re getting into.   

Business ownership isn’t glamorous or easy. It’s challenging and sometimes overwhelming. But it can be incredibly exciting and fulfilling when you take the time to do it right. 

That means your first step should be understanding why you’re starting and what it will take to succeed. This guide will walk you through different ways to accomplish this and help you prepare to become a business owner. 

Do some self-reflection

At the start, it’s likely just you building the business. You need to know why you want to come in day after day. You need to understand your limitations. And ideally, have a support network to talk to.

So, before you start coming up with the perfect business idea—look inward and have answers to the following questions. 

Get to know entrepreneurship

Are you ready to start a business? Do you understand what traits or skills lead to success? Do you know what pitfalls to avoid? 

If you answered no or maybe to any of these questions, check out the following resources to familiarize yourself with business ownership.

Now you need a good idea

After some self-reflection and exploration of what it takes to be an entrepreneur, you have a decision to make. 

Do you still want to start a business?

If you answer yes, you’ll need a solid idea to move forward with. Check out the next step in our startup guide to finalize your idea and then move on to validating if people are interested in it.

Startup resources and templates

Having the right tools and resources can be critical to starting a business. Here are some of our favorites worth checking out before you officially start.

Things to do before starting a business FAQ

Before starting a business, it’s crucial to understand your motivations and assess your readiness. This involves self-reflection, researching the industry, identifying your target market, and evaluating your financial situation. It’s also beneficial to seek advice from mentors and successful business owners.

Before starting a business, you need a clear understanding of your business idea and its viability, knowledge of your target market, a business plan, and a financial plan. You must also assess your personal readiness, including financial stability, risk tolerance, and commitment level.

Some important questions to ask include: Why am I starting this business? What problem does my business solve? Who are my potential customers? What is my unique selling proposition? How will I fund the startup costs? Am I prepared for the challenges of entrepreneurship?

Avoid rushing into business without thorough planning and research. Don’t neglect your personal finances, and don’t assume success will come quickly or easily. Only start a business with a clear understanding of your target market and pay attention to legal and regulatory requirements.

One of the most common mistakes new business owners make is not adequately planning or preparing for the challenges of entrepreneurship. This includes underestimating the time, effort, and capital required, not conducting thorough market research, and not having a clear business and financial plan.

Forming an LLC before starting a business can provide personal liability protection and potential tax advantages. However, it’s not necessary for all businesses and involves costs and paperwork. It’s best to consult with a business advisor or attorney to understand if an LLC is the right structure for your business.