Starting Your Own Business Checklist

by Ryan Miller

By Barrett Baker

Zack Miller, Founder of Hatch in Norfolk, shares a checklist for anyone preparing to start a business.

  • Do you love your concept or business idea, think about it all the time, can’t live without it?
  • If you have a partner, are you ready to marry them?
  • Do you have access to enough capital to live the lifestyle you want for the next year without making money?
  • Have you cancelled your Netflix account yet?
  • Have you talked with at least 10 of your prime customers to see if they would want to buy your product or service? Did you sell it to them?
  • Are you really solving a problem?
  • Why are you starting a business? (If it’s to get rich, you may want to rethink it.)
  • Have you considered tax codes to understand how much money you will lose off the top?
  • Are you willing to Uber to make ends meet?
  • Do you have a group of entrepreneurs you can lean on? I have one for you. It’s called 1000 Four.
  • Are you OK with no one understanding what you do for a living?
  • Can you handle the fact that even when you are “off the clock” you are always on?
  • Are you prepared for your every two-week paycheck to change?
  • Do you understand that managing employees will become your new priority if you don’t hire someone to handle it for you?

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For more advice, read our 10 Things To Consider Before Starting A Business.

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