How to start your own business?
Ask your ultimate business partner, of course
It is always best to see what is your government wants and has to say about Small Business, since you are partners from the moment you legally start your business until you give up entrepreneur life. I mean partners in a sense that you will be sharing profit (unless you can avoid it) with your government, and making business decisions together – sure They make decisions first, but you depend on it very much.
So let’s see how your government will help you:
- Australia: business.gov.au no fancy name but really helpful.
- Canada: Canada Business Network Government Services for Entrepreneur.
- UK: Business Link trendy and detailed.
- USA: The U.S Small Business Administration lots of information.
- Score also has almost unlimited resources for you.
and some direction for others in the European Union: Small Business Act for Europe.
Find a mentor
Fighting your way trough endless “try and fail”-s is very time a soul consuming. Find someone who trust and who can help you with your first steps. Check this detailed post with great pointers and ideas about how to find a mentor.
How long before I earn money on-line?
Besides the “How to”-s, I think this is the most usual question people ask from experts. Instead of writing a long post here I advise you to read this thoughtful post from David Risley:How long does it take to earn money online?.
How much should I charge for my services?
I believe this is another hard to crack problem. Dawn Mentzer gave us 5 thing to consider before starting your quoting as a freelancer.
About business for the Dummy in us
I like the …… for Dummies series. Most probably you will find one specific for your country.
The latest I’ve read was the Canadian Small Business Kit For Dummies which is a very comprehensive covering of all the basics.
Some online versions are also available, my favorite is Entrepreneurship For Dummies cheat Sheet