There are a few things to consider whenever starting a new side business. I hope to cover some of those that should be considered so that you don’t get too excited and end up jumping into something you would regret later on.
When starting a side business, it is important to determine what is it that you want out of it at the end of the day. In other words, what are your goals and objectives for the business? What is it that you want your side business to accomplish at the end of the day? If you don’t define these, you will be shooting in the dark. You will not have the focus and clarity you need to succeed.
You must also consider your risk appetite when starting a side business. How much money are you willing and able to lose in the event the business does not work out? While some businesses are capital intensive, others are not. Your appetite will determine the business model you select.
You also need to decide whether you want human interaction and how much of it you want. Online business models can totally bypass human interaction, while small brick and mortar businesses are all about human interaction. What is it that you want out of it?
How many hours per day, week or month do you want to work? There are part time business models that allow you to work less than a full forty hour week, while others require you to toil away eighty hours a week.
Scaleability is another component of starting a side business. Do you foresee running a multimillion organization someday? Or are you happy with a small single man operated venture? There is a business model that will fit any kind of life plan, but it is important to define that plan so you know you are taking on the right business model.
All these factors are critical components of starting a side business that you must decide at the onset. Without careful planning, you may get yourself into something you did not sign up for. Don’t take the risk and prepare beforehand.
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