Ideas are everywhere. Successful entrepreneurs know that not every idea is a good business opportunity. Before you bet the ranch on your idea, take the time to research who will buy your product or service and what competition you will face.
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To get started growing your idea, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What kind of business do I want?
- What product or service will my business provide?
- Why am I starting a business?
- How simple or complex will my business need to be?
- Am I prepared to spend the time, money and resources needed to get my business started?
- What is my target market?
- Who is my competition?
- What is unique about my business?
- How soon will it take before my products/services are available?
- How much money do I need to get my business set up?
- How will I set up my legal structure of my business?
- How many employees will I need to start up?
- How will I market my business?
- How will I manage my business?
- Will I need to get a loan?
How do I evaluate my business idea?
Before you start your business endeavor, you need to understand what you are signing up for. You need to understand your market, know your competition and research your idea to make sure you can turn a profit.
Here are a few suggestions to get started:
Learn the language
Entrepreneurs have their own language, and if you want speak to potential funders and other entrepreneurs, you’re going to need to understand a few key startup terms.
Research your market and current trends
It’s critical to understand your consumer base. Market research lets you reduce risks, even while your business is still in the planning phase.
- Research your market guide
- Market research and competitive analysis (U.S. Small Business Administration)
Take advantage of free business classes
Many support organizations have classes and workshops for all types of entrepreneurs.
- Explore the NWI BizHub Community Calendar of Events to find an event near you.
Meet with professional business advisors for free advice and guidance
The Northwest Small Business Development Center offers no charge, one-on-one, business appointments to the public.
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Guide: Start a Business