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By Thea Theresa English

Wrong reasons for starting a business

Entrepreneurship appeals to many people but there are wrong reasons for desiring to start a business. One poor reason is because you think entrepreneurs are cool and trendy. You don't want to start a business for this reason because if you are not passionate about it, you will fade out quickly. Another bad motive for starting a business is to accumulate wealth. A lot of start-ups do not earn immediate profits and it will take months if not years before real profits are earned.

You're interested in being the boss

While entrepreneurship allows you to control most aspects of your business, there are still people you will have to answer to. If you obtained financing from investors, they will want to know the progress of your business because they seek a good return on their investment. You will also have to answer to any business partners or co-founders you have as well as customers who can make or break your reputation.

Dissatisfaction with your current job

Many people dream of entrepreneurship during times when they are dissatisfied with their current jobs. However, this is not a good reason to become a business owner. It would be better to inquire about ways you can advance within your company or obtain new skills so that you can work with a different company or in a new field.

Your loved ones say you should

You might be able to offer a unique product and your loved ones see qualities in you that would work well for entrepreneurship. But if you possess a halfhearted interest in entrepreneurship, you will not succeed no matter how much support you get from family and friends. Also keep in mind that you will be the main one responsible for starting and maintaining the venture.

You have fresh ideas

The uniqueness of a person's product is a part of success as an entrepreneur, but you need to ask yourself if your ideas are as innovative as you think. It would be a good idea to research the industry that your business would be affiliated with and find out if there is a high enough demand for what you want to offer potential customers.

You're struggling financially

You might be tempted to think that by becoming an entrepreneur you can reduce the financial struggles you have. However, the expenses associated with entrepreneurship are huge. And if you're not financially stable, starting a business makes problems worse. Managing your money would be the best solution.

You can set your own hours

There is some truth to this statement, but as an entrepreneur there will be times when you'll need to work beyond the normal hours you set for yourself. This is especially true during the first few months of operation when you are not earning high profits initially.

There is nothing wrong with desiring entrepreneurship, but you need to maintain a realistic mindset. Entrepreneurship requires adequate start-up funds, strong goals, experienced team members and a commitment to excellence at your business.

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