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Things to consider before starting a business

Following the recession a few years ago, the United States economy has struggled to recover completely. With newer technologies allowing for more automation, businesses outsourcing and cutting staff, the allure of fulfilling one's dream and starting their own business is seeming like a valid option.

Considering the time, money and passion you need to invest when starting up your own company, it is in your best interests to have a complete understanding of what you need to have and do before diving in. There is much more to running a business than initially meets the eye, and your own character is the first thing to consider.

Some questions you might want to ask yourself how well you are able to work with others, how well you can delegate tasks and responsibilities so that you do not get overwhelmed and whether you are organized well enough to keep things running. You also should consider how well you handle adversity. Do you panic and act instinctively without thinking things out fully, or are you able to take a step back and address the situation with a sound mind? Running a business can be very taxing, both mentally and physically. Do you have the physical stamina and mental drive to stick with things, even if they start to go south?

It may be wise to speak with a law firm familiar with business law, their experience and expertise may help guide you and potentially save you from future headaches, losses and failure down the road if you choose to start your business alone.

Source:, "Is Entrepreneurship for You?" Accessed March 7, 2017

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