| What is the best way to self-examine about starting a business? |
Brainstorming about businesses one could start is at lot of fun for the entrepreneurial among us. But when you finally put the numbers together, the reality can set in. Starting a business has risks, often due to a lack of information. Without the information you need to guide your decisions, you''re blind.
For many, these ideas are the fun part - testing an idea against the market reality gives some an intense sense of satisfaction. But we can only try so many ideas, because money and time are involved. If you have no success, it''s easy to get discouraged.
Franchises offer a middle ground. While you still can make the choice about the business operations, you are able to leverage the experiences of dozens if not hundreds of other franchisees and their brand recognition. Many franchises offer on-line forums so you can post ideas and get feedback.
Franchise Ideas were initially in someone''s head just like yours. The idea was reproducible and made into a franchise. Many franchises were never conceived as a franchise at all, they were just business ideas that changed as it became clear that there was a possibility of duplication.
When evaluating franchise ideas, consider these questions:
- Do you enjoy challenges?
- Am I in this for the money, challenge, or both?
- Are you a creative problem solver?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses (honest!)?
- What new skills will I need and how can I get them?
- Will creation/ownership of this franchise give me the satisfaction I am looking for?
Only then can you find what "best" means for you!