The Business of Taking Risks

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Taking risks is common behavior. Indeed, taking risks is for many of us a means to an end. In fact, without taking risks, neither your business nor you will ever know your true potential, says John Benjamin in the Tribune. But why is taking a risk so easy for some and, on the other hand, so difficult for other? It has a lot to do about who we are, and the environment we are operating in.

What does taking risks mean?

According to the Collins Dictionary, risk-taking means taking actions which might have unpleasant or undesirable results. So it is something you do as a result of a decision you’ve made. And most of the time something or someone has triggered you to make a decision 1.

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What Traits do a Business Owner Need to be Successful?

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Well I nearly fell of my chair when I started to jot down the traits a business owner needs to be successful. The first seven post that I’d read, identified no less than 42 different traits a business owner or entrepreneur needs to be successful.

I’m convinced that a business owner that possesses all 42 traits hasn’t been born yet, or is locked up far away to keep him or her away from harm (and society). Nevertheless, I’ve listed the 42 traits somewhere in a table…

The 42 traits I’ve jotted down reading 7 blog posts…

But why a business owner (also [sometimes] called an entrepreneur), needs to be different from an ordinary working person?  Maybe it’s because a business owner earns her living in an extraordinary environment…

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Franchising as a Business Opportunity

Franchising provides the entrepreneur with an opportunity to enter the world of small business without all of the risks usually associated with starting a business from scratch 1. Indeed, the popularity of franchising continues to increase, especially with the emergence of new e-business models 2.

However, as with any business start-up the franchisee (you) needs to know what the franchisor (the brand) has to offer. Also, you need to consider the costs and your responsibilities when signing a franchise agreement.

“Remember that no franchise is perfect, and that every franchisee will have things they like about the system and things they don’t like”, says Chris Myers in Forbes. But first let’s have a look what franchising is all about…

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Home-based business – Important Startup Strategies

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There are millions of entrepreneurs that do their business from their homes. In fact, according to IncFile.com, home-based business was done by at least 38 million Americans during 2017.

Although the idea of doing business from your home sounds informal and casual, entrepreneurs should do the following suggests Casey Kelly-Barton in the HostGator Blog.

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Borrowing Money from a Bank to Start your Business

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Borrowing money from a bank to start your business is not an obvious option for prospective business owners. Unless you are well known, with a track record of starting and running successful businesses, no formal sources of capital are likely to invest in you in the early stages of your business 1.  Banks usually require an operating history to reduce their risk.

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Bootstrapping – Starting a New Business with Your Own Money

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One of the first and most important questions that most of us ask when considering to start our own business is where the money would come from? The answer for more than 80% of start-up businesses is bootstrapping. Indeed, according to Lahm Jr and Little Jr (2005), the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurial companies are financed through this highly creative process.

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Questions about your business that you should answer before starting

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Now that you’ve made the decision to start your own business, the next step is to answer questions about  your business. However, before starting, you must get your mind in order. Here are some questions that, if you answer them honestly, will help you to make the right decision.

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Why do you want to start your own business?

Every one of us that has consider to start your own business has been triggered by something to do so. Normally, the trigger changes our behaviour. Here are some triggers that may call us to action in opening our own business.

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