4 Tips for Starting a Business
Have a great idea for a business? Do you need a little extra income? Do you have a job that you canâ€™t leave right now, but really want to be your
own boss? These are just a few of the questions that present themselves to millions of Americans. People, just like you, arenâ€™t satisfied with their
9-to-5 slog and want to do something different, something for themselves.
Itâ€™s not enough to simply have a great idea, or want a change. The list of â€œTo Dosâ€• to get a small business off the ground can seem
daunting, and this is where most people stop. But you donâ€™t have to be one of those people. How does a little beaver build a dam so big that it
changes the direction of a river? By moving one log at a time.
1.	Business Plan â€“ Youâ€™ve got one right? If you donâ€™t, you have to have one. Donâ€™t think you need one? Youâ€™re wrong. Not sure
how to make one? No problem! A business plan needs to be as detailed as possible. Exactly how much time does it take for you to make one
product? Where will you store your finished goods? How much can you realistically sell those for? The more detailed you are, the better you can
plan, the more successful you can be.
2.	Honesty is Key â€“ True, you donâ€™t want to deceive your customers, but that isnâ€™t where honesty is most important. You have to be honest
with yourself. Can you really produce that many widgets in a weekend? How much exactly will it cost you to sell your wares? It will only hurt you later
if youâ€™re not honest with yourself now.
3.	Think Big, Act Small â€“ Youâ€™ve got a dream, a fantastic idea, and you want to make it happen yesterday. Itâ€™s okay to want to be a national
distributor or be a big-time consultant, but you canâ€™t get there from hereâ€¦yet. You canâ€™t â€“ or shouldnâ€™t â€“ quit your job and throw
yourself into your new endeavor. No, you should start carving out time, money, and resources in small increments. Build up your little business until it
starts making more money than your