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Susan Ward

Resolved to Start a Small Business?

By January 14, 2014

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If one of the things you've decided to do this year is start a small business but you don't know quite where to start or know what you want to do, there's a lot of information on this website to help you get started.

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First, read What Type of Business Should You Start? It will lead you through a five-step decision making process to help you figure out exactly what sort of business you want to run.

This will make it much easier for you to develop or spot a business idea that you will be able to turn into a successful small business. You'll at least find it much easier to weed out certain business ideas because they don't fit with your talents, the lifestyle you want to lead or the commitment you're prepared to make.

How to Find a Business Idea for Your New Business

Browse through the collections of business ideas presented in Finding Business Ideas to see what piques your interest or learn how to develop you own business ideas with 7 Sources of Business Ideas.

Once you've found an idea that appeals to you, you can use the Quick-Start Business Plan to test your business idea and see if it could be the viable small business you're looking for.

And if it's not? On to another idea. There's no limit to the number of business ideas you can consider. Remember, the important thing is that you find the business idea that's going to work best for you and what you want to achieve. It's completely unimportant whether that business idea was the first one you picked or the fifteenth.

And if it looks like it is the right business idea for you? Then it's worth investing time and energy into finding out just how viable that idea really is. My Business Plan outline will lead you through the process, explaining how to research and write each section of the business plan.

Learn More About Starting a Small Business

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