Advantages and Disadvantages in Starting a new Business
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Advantages of Starting up a Business
Advantages of starting your own small or medium business can include:
- Being your own Boss - you can make your own decisions, keep your own time and not have to answer to "The Boss"
- Hard Work & Know How
- If you are a hard worker and / or have immense industry know how, you
may want to benefit from the long hours you do or the knowledge that
you have acquired over time.
- Financial Independence - One day, you may realise your dream of financial independence
- Creative Freedom
- no more restrictions, you can do what you like and have the freedom
to work, design, create, build what you think is best - your way!
- Goodwill - you don't have to pay for it (as if your would if you were buying a business) - you get to build it
- Location, Premises, Building Fitout - you get to choose it all
- Staff - your not lumped with staff you don't want. You hire and train from scratch - your way
- No Bad Name
- a fresh business, a fresh start. Your name has no bad history with
suppliers or customers. If you buy a business, you may find some people
just won't deal with the business because of past dealings
- Business Image - you create the business image you want. Your way.
Disadvantages of starting your own small or medium business can include:
Good luck, in whatever you may decide. Please think about the
advantages and disadvantages of starting a small business. Our list
above is only a starting point, each situation will be different. If
you are seriously considering starting a small business, Rogerson Kenny
Business Accountants offer a free initial consultation, so you can
discuss with us your ideas!
- Cash Flow - your business may not have a positive cash flow for two years - how are you going to cover that?
- you may invest all this time, money and effort into your business and
a large competitor targets your customers and offers them a similar
product / service at below your cost - until your business has failed.
While this may be anti - competitive and contravene sections of The Trade Practices Act 1974, it may be too late for your business
- have you done it? You may do it all and then find when you are all
set up, that something from left field becomes apparent and
significantly alters the outlook of your business
- If you buy a business, you are buying something. You are buying
history of the business trading, you have staff in place, equipment and
premises in place, customers ringing in with orders on your first
Monday morning. If you start a business, you have no history.
Everything must be generated from scratch.
- Married to the Business
- this is a common phrase from small business owners. It basically
means, your hours of work and level of commitment is such that you
cannot take a holiday, your business is always with you (day, nights
& weekends) and basically your neck is on the line. You can't just
throw the keys back and give it all away if it gets too hard!
- Suppliers may not extend you credit as your business has no history,
so you may have to pay upfront for your goods, and you may not collect
money from your customers for those goods for 90 - 120 days. This is
very detrimental to cash flow. Can you sustain this? Have you factored
it into your budget?
- Family - is your
family situation such that you can undertake this huge venture of
starting a small business from scratch? Think carefully about starting
a business from scratch. It often means a huge sacrifice with no
guarantee of reward. Your current employed situation may actually be a
better position than starting a small business.
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