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Should I Start a Business?

10 Resources to Help You Decide If You Should Start a Business

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Are you wondering if you should start a business? It can be difficult to decide whether or not starting a business is the right decision, and if now is the right time to do it.

Here are 10 resources to help you determine if you should start a business, and prepare for the business startup process.

1. Quiz: Are You Ready to Start a Business?


There are a lot of factors that go into the decision about whether or not you should start a business -- from doing the necessary research, to planning for your business, to lining up moral support. This short quiz asks you 12 questions that measure your readiness for starting a business.

2. Questions to Ask Yourself Before Starting a Business


One of the best ways to boost the excitement of starting a business and shrink the fear of the unknown is by being prepared. You may not be able to plan for every possibility and challenge that might occur, but you can get yourself on the path to success by considering these five questions before jumping in with both feet.

3. 10 of the Most Common Small Business Startup Mistakes


There are several common and dangerous mistakes many new business owners make that can negatively impact their businesses. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes to avoid as you consider starting a small business.

4. Is Having a Passion for Business Enough?


Having a business passion is important, but passion alone is not enough to make a new business successful. Here are some of the other factors that, when combined with passion, can set you on the path to small business success.

5. Five Barriers to Starting a Business


Entrepreneurs today have access to a wealth of knowledge, a variety of support sources and reduced startup costs, but starting a business doesn't come without challenges. Here is a look at five common barriers to small business success to help you develop a plan to overcome them.

6. 10 Common Character Traits of Successful Small Business Owners


When you compare the entrepreneurs behind successful small businesses, a handful of character traits rise to the top. Review these powerful character traits that describe successful small business owners to measure what traits you have that can help you reach success if you start a business.

7. Personality Types of Entrepreneurs


There are nine personality types of entrepreneurs, based on the 9-point circle of the Enneagram. By identifying your dominant personality theme, you can understand how you will operate in your business and identify areas where you may need to improve.

8. 10 Business Success Tips for Young Entrepreneurs


If you are a young entrepreneur, you'll have to navigate some unique challenges. Here are 10 powerful success tips for young entrepreneurs testing the waters of business ownership.

9. Free Online Business Training Programs


Part of deciding if you should start a business is evaluating and fine-tuning your skills. Free online business training programs are a great way for aspiring small business owners to polish their skills before entering the world of small business ownership.

10. 47 Online Resources for Women Small Business Owners


If you are an aspiring woman small business owner, there are a number of online resources that can help you learn, grow and develop business opportunities. Here are 47 resources, including professional organizations, networking groups, informational websites, conferences and events, government organizations, membership clubs and support groups.

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