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New Year, new business?

With the New Year just getting started, have you thought about what you want to accomplish this year? If you are like many Americans, there is a great chance that you are looking to start your own business and take control of your future.

Starting a business has many pitfalls and many risks, but the benefits for a person or a family owning a small business can be limitless. Before you start a business, however, think about what it will entail. Here are some important questions to ask yourself before starting your business:

What business am I going into?

Opening a company is exciting. Money is going to be tight; your dedication is going to be tested. It’s a lot like falling in love, in many ways. Be aware, however, that when the initial excitement has worn off you still have to carry on. Choose a field that makes you happy. Starting from a place of joy will carry you through the difficult parts of your new venture.

Will I face any legal barriers?

Every industry has certain legal restrictions. Restaurants have sanitation boards and liquor licenses, manufacturing plants have waste disposal and environmental regulations to worry about and even a book store has to be concerned with zoning. It is necessary to know the legal issues you will face.

Should I incorporate?

Once you’ve decided to open a business, you have to decide whether or not to incorporate. This can be a complicated issue as there are several kinds of business  structures from which to choose. A professional can help you select the type of entity that is best for you.

What is my outlook?

There is a fairly common adage that most new businesses fail in the first year. That may not necessarily be true, but you have to keep your vision clear on your prospects. It will not do you any good to be self-deceptive, but being clear-headed and forward-thinking you can plan for a strong open to your business.

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