When you start your own business you most likely get to do what you love whilst working your own hours. When you run a business, you are also your own boss and this can be an exciting thing to think about. However, if you want to start your own business you need to plan in advance to make sure that you are doing it for the right reasons and have genuine chance at succeeding.

Here are some important questions to ask yourself if you want to run your own business.

Why Do You Want to Start a Business?

This might seem like an extremely obvious question to ask yourself however, you would be surprised to see how many business owners go ahead and start business without answering this question.

The “Why” of your business is super important and crucial because it will give you a sense of direction, a purpose to be inspired by and a vision to pursue.

You need to be extremely passionate about the product and service you are offering members of the public. Having a business that is purpose driven and aims to add value to society is super important if you want your business to obtain success.

Can Your Business Idea Make You Money Right Now and Also in The Future?  

If your answer to this question is no it cannot, then you might want to reconsider launching your business. If your business doesn’t have the potential to make you money you are wasting your time and going to find yourself in an extremely financially stressful situation.

Who Is the Target Audience for Your Business? 

If you want your business to succeed, you need to figure out what types of people will be interested in purchasing your products and services. Knowing who your target audience is will also make it easier for you to figure out the advertising and marketing strategy for your business, this will make it easier for you to communicate with and get the attention of people who are more likely to spend money on your business.

It is important to understand that your business can’t just be for everyone and anyone. You need to find a niche audience and put your time and energy into focusing on them and getting their attention. This is the best way to become a financially successful business owner.

Who Are My Competitors?

You need to have a look for businesses who are similar to your new business. You will need to observe the way these businesses interact with their customers online via social media, the price of their products, the presentation of their products and the way the structure the internal affairs of their business.

By taking notes about how these businesses operate it will make it easier for you to succeed. It will also create an opportunity for you to learn from the mistakes of these businesses to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes that they have made or are currently making.

How Will I Price My Products?

It is important to make sure your products aren’t over-priced. However, at the same time you don’t want your products to be too cheap either.

It is good idea to have a look at what price your competitors have set for their products and services. Ask yourself, are the items you’re selling similar to the items they sell. For example; are your items more luxurious? the same level of quality? or are your products and services simpler?

You also need to take into consideration how much money you will need to spend on postage related costs to ship your products to the consumer. You will also need to take into consideration costs associated with packaging products and maintaining your business and so on.

How Many Employees Will I Need to Run My Business? 

Before you start your business you will need to figure out whether you can run your business on your own or will you need to hire some additional employees?

You might also consider launching your business with a business partner. By taking on additional employees during the formative days of your business you need to also decide whether these employees will be full-time, part-time or casual workers. You also need to figure out what roles they will need to be employed to undertake as part of their job when working for your business.

How Do I Set Up the Legal Structure for My Business?

Before launching your business, you must do some research and find out what is the legal structure of your new business. This will depend on the products or services you are selling. You need to make sure that you choose the correct legal structure to ensure that you can operate safely so that both yourself, your employees, your customers and your business are all protected.

What Type of Taxes Will I Be Required to Pay?

You also need to be aware of what types of taxes you will be required to pay when you begin operating your business. Legally you will be required you state how much money you earn from your job and will be taxed by the government accordingly.

What Are the Short-Term and Long-Term Goals for Your Business?

If you don’t have a plan for your business than you are planning to fail. Furthermore, it is vital that you have a good idea about where you hope to see your business in 5 to 10 years’ time. You need to ask yourself what milestones do you hope to achieve within the first couple of weeks, first few months and within the first year of operating your business.

These goals will be related to how many sales you make or how much money you earn or any possible expansion of your business or any new products and services you could consider introducing in the future.

When Will You Be Ready to Start Your Business?

It is strongly recommended that you decide on an ideal date for when you will be launching your business.

You need to create a to do list of tasks you need to complete in the weeks and months leading up to the date that your business opens to the public.