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Are You Opening A Small Business For Erroneous Reasons?

By Linda P. Morton

Are you thinking about opening a small business? Why do you want to?

The reason that you want to open your own business is important because if you do it for the wrong reason, you may be disappointed and waste lots of time and money before you fail.

If your reason is one of the following erroneous ones, think again before proceeding with opening a small business.

Opening A Small Business: Bad Reason 1 – You Don’t Like Your Job

Not liking your job is not a good reason for opening a small business. It’s much easier and less expensive to just find another job more to your liking.

Remember that there are many aspects to running a business. Some you may like. Others you may hate, but you have to do them or hire someone else to. Do you have enough start-up funds to pay employee salaries? If not you’re going to be doing jobs that you don’t like anyway.

You need a better reason for opening a small business than hating your present job.

Opening A Small Business: Erroneous Reason 2 – You Don’t Want Anyone Bossing You

You’ll have people bossing you even in your own business.

Sometimes a boss is a person in an official position or one who pays your salary. Sometimes bosses are bankers, clients, customers and even employees who make demands to assure that they get what they want from your business

If you don’t want a boss, start a hobby, not a business

Opening A Small Business: Erroneous Reason 3 – You Want More Time To Do What You Want

Despite all the hype about people getting rich in business by only working part-time, business owners average spending more time working than employees do.

Unless you are prepared to give 50 to 60 hours per week to your business, you’re wasting your time opening a small business.

Opening A Small Business: Erroneous Reason 4 – You Want To Increase Your Income

You may in time make more money working for yourself. But when just opening a small business, you aren’t going to make as much as you can on a job. Plus, your small business is going to take start-up funds, so you’ll be spending lots of money while making very little that you can consider personal income.

Your new business will actually take from your personal income, and if you quit your job to start it, you may be left with no income at all for years.

So if you need more income now, don’t even think of opening a small business. Get a second job instead.

Opening A Small Business: Bad Reason 5 – You Have A Good Idea For A Product

Just having a great new product isn’t enough to assure business success.

There has to be an unmet need for your product and potential customers willing to pay you a profitable price for it. Then you need some assurance that a competitor won’t copy your idea and get your potential customers.

Don’t think that you’re guaranteed success just because you have a good product idea.

Opening A Small Business: Erroneous Reason 6 – Grandma Left You Money

Why do you think that opening a small business is the best investment for your money?

You can invest your funds in the stock market and have better odds of getting a good return than you can by opening your own business. For one thing, the businesses in the stock market are operated by people with far more business experience than you probably have.

Having some money to invest is not a good enough reason for opening a small business

Opening A Small Business: Erroneous Reason 7 – People Tell You That It’s Easy

Many people will lie to you in hopes that you will make money for them. They don’t care if your business succeeds as long as they get plenty of your money while you’re trying. Don’t believe them because opening a small business and making it a success is not easy.

If it was easy, everybody would do it. Many try and fail because they think it’s easy and soon learn that its the most difficult thing they have ever done in their lives.

If you want to succeed, don’t go into business thinking that it’s easy.


If one of these bad reasons has motivated you to toy with the idea of opening a small business, you’re better off to save your time and money.

However, if you have good reasons for opening a small business, you have a much greater chance of success. For instance, you may have discovered a service or product that a large target market of people want and need enough to pay you a profitable price for it. If that’s the case, then opening a small business may be a good risk for you. Still you will have to discover how to market well.

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Morton, Linda P. "Are You Opening A Small Business For Erroneous Reasons?." Are You Opening A Small Business For Erroneous Reasons?. 12 May. 2008. 30 Jul 2014 <>.

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