Is a biz-in-the box the right idea?

My home town featured recently in a Virgin Money flier. Always believed Kalk Bay had potential to be a star. Never crashed cars in Kalk Bay but brought boatloads of fish to the quayside for auctioning.

Off-the-shelf business opportunities (biz-ops) are springing up like Kalahari Desert truffles after the rainy season mainly because of the difficult economy.

The many biz-in-a-box options are so ubiquitous that it’s terribly confusing.

Take your pick: floor cleaning, carpet cleaning, custom engraving, website building and hosting, sports nutrition, vending wholesale computers and electronic products and roof repairs.

The list goes on and on…

Whatever you can think of there’s a ready-made business-in a-box with a DVD waiting for you.

But here’s the bottom-line:

Do you really want to buy a business system off the shelf?

Will it hold your interest and passion?

Will it bring in enough money to be more than a sideline business?

Another important question about these ready-made businesses is how well do they really work?

You have to do a lot of research to assure yourself that the business is legitimate and not just the hype screaming from some advertising page or website.

Look at it this way, when you buy a business off the shelf, you don’t have a chance to try it out, test-drive it, so to speak.

With your own business you can test-drive it or run a pilot before you fork out your heart-saved cash to invest in it.

How would you go about starting your own business from an idea for a product or service?

Most would-be entrepreneurs start with deciding what type of interest and skills they already have that would help them run a business.

Interest or passion is important because your business becomes a big part your life.

Make a list of everything you’ve done, been interested in and studied.

You can’t very well run a restaurant overnight unless you’ve had experience. But if the food business appeals to you may want to work in a restaurant beforehand to learn the business.

Use your imagination to come up with a list of possible businesses you’d be interested in. Then do some informal research.

Go interview the owners of similar businesses and ask them about the rewards, risks, challenges and opportunities. Dig for your own first-hand information not something from a book or magazine article reporting how others have done it.

It’s your life’s income at stake here. Do a very good job for yourself.

Starting your own business does away with paying absorbent fees upfront. But remember whatever business you choose, you may still need to pay learner’s fees.

If you’ve enjoyed this article and don’t want to be dependent on anyone for products, services, territory and ongoing monthly and annual marketing find out more by letting me know how I can help you.

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Chesney Bradshaw

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