Before Starting

So you’ve got what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Now, ask yourself these 20 questions before starting to make sure you’re thinking about the right key business decisions:

  1. Why am I starting a business?

  2. What kind of business do I want?

  3. Who is my ideal customer?

  4. What products or services will my business provide?

  5. Am I prepared to spend the time and money needed to get my business started?

  6. What differentiates my business idea and the products or services I will provide from others in the market?

  7. Where will my business be located?

  8. How many employees will I need?

  9. What types of suppliers do I need?

  10. How much money do I need to get started?

  11. Will I need to get a loan?

  12. How soon will it take before my products or services are available?

  13. How long do I have until I start making a profit?

  14. Who is my competition?

  15. How will I price my product compared to my competition?

  16. How will I set up the legal structure of my business?

  17. What taxes do I need to pay?

  18. What kind of insurance do I need?

  19. How will I manage my business?

  20. How will I advertise my business?

Let us help you find out if you are ready to start a business, sign up for small business counseling.

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Iowa Western Community College

2700 College Road

121 Ashley Hall (Park in Ashley Hall Visitor Parking)

Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503

712-325-3350

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Michael Mitilier - mmitilier@iwcc.edu

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Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA). All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA