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Things You Need to Know Before Starting a Business


— July 29, 2020

When it comes to running a business, there are more than a few things that every new business owner should know. A good place to begin is with this list, but taking advice from others who have grown successful businesses is also a good idea.


There is no doubt that entrepreneurship can be tough. There is no type of course in college that can prepare a person for this role. In most cases, all the learning occurs on the job and from hands-on experience while running the business.

While this is true, there are several things that every potential entrepreneur should know. This information is invaluable. While hiring a Business Law Attorney for help and advice along the way is a good first step, be sure to keep the tips below in mind for any new business venture.

Money is Good, but Not Enough to Achieve Success

There are many entrepreneurs who are able to raise a lot of capital early in the life of their business. However, having this money is not enough. A quality business model that will generate a consistent flow of cash is crucial. It is also necessary to have people to implement the systems that are developed.

Try to Focus on People and What Their Needs Are

An invaluable lesson for everyone with a business is that it is all about the people. There is no way to run a business alone. This is why it is so important to focus on the people, get to know what their needs are, provide adequate compensation, and invest in ongoing training. While there is no guarantee they will stick around, ongoing training is essential to success.

The Owner and the Business Are Separate Entities

Be sure to create a division between the owner and the actual business. Owners should consider themselves a shareholder and an employee. There are too many people who struggle to separate their personal finances from their business finances, which can lead to quite a mess. [Editor’s note: Not only is this “co-mingling” messy, it very often it results in “piercing the corporate veil” which protects the owner from the business’ liability. The owner’s personal assets are then up for grabs in any legal action. The best thing to do is avoid such co-mingling.]

Select the Right Business for the Situation

In some situations, the difference between someone’s failure and success is selecting the right type of business to go into. There are situations where regardless of what a person tries, things just do not seem to work out. This is usually because the condition of the market is not in their favor.

Create and Keep a Strong Balance Between Work and Life

Woman in seated meditation in the water at a lakeshore; image by Audrey Hope, via Reshot.com.
Woman in seated meditation in the water at a lakeshore; image by Audrey Hope, via Reshot.com.

There are many entrepreneurs who spend between 12 and 13 hours each day working their business. This is also something they have been doing for multiple years. Eventually, this will result in cases of burn out and the individual will grow to be completely unproductive. The exact moment that a person stops working such long hours they will find new ways to help streamline their business and ensure that things are handled in a timely manner. There are even apps that can help with productivity.

Save as Early as Possible

While people may not consider themselves big spenders, they should try to save as early in the life of their business as possible. By saving early on in the venture, it is possible to use the savings that are generated to reinvest in the business. Also, with strong savings, it will give a business owner options.

When it comes to running a business, there are more than a few things that every new business owner should know. A good place to begin is with this list, but taking advice from others who have grown successful businesses is also a good idea.

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