Since you are considering starting your own business you must be an entrepreneur. Before you launch your dream business I suggest you ‘interview’ at least 3 entrepreneurs that may be friends, strangers or someone you know from doing business with them (please no husbands or wives, that’s cheating).  I want you to ask them the following questions:

  1. What was the biggest challenge in starting up their business?
  2. What type of problems did they encounter that they hadn’t anticipated?
  3. What kind of support did they wish they had when they were starting out?
  4. When did they feel they were ‘over the hump’?
  5. Did their vision of the business change at all over the course of the first year?
  6. What would they do differently if they could do it over?

I want you to take this little questionnaire seriously. It may take only a few minutes over a coffee and doesn’t have to be a formal meeting. Most people are attentive and appreciate being asked questions about how they succeeded.

Keep your answers and compare them to my next blog. I think the answers may be insightful!

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