When most of us think about starting a small business, we think it is a fairly straightforward process. We believe that we go from idea to business in a blur of activity, and that we suddenly wake up owning our own company. That is not strictly true however, and no matter what type of business you plan to start, there are several steps to starting a small business that you should bear in mind.
The very first step, for most, is the idea. Whether your small business will be a completely new and innovative venture, or a franchise, you still have to have the idea to start it before anything else can happen.
Next, usually, there is a period of weighing the pros and cons. This is a critical step, as it allows you to decide whether you are truly passionate about your business, and if you are, gives you the reason to carry on with what is sometimes an arduous process.