Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.”
But when you’re starting your own business, there’s no guarantee that your “mousetrap” is going to survive, especially in today’s fast-paced business world.
Nearly half of all small businesses fail within the first two years of operation. The number one reason for business failure is inadequate planning. The second reason is under-capitalization.
So, before you mortgage your house, or go into debt financing your business, you need to know if your business is going to do more than survive — you want to know if it’s good enough to thrive! Here are three things successful businesses that have stayed in business for five years or longer have in common:
1. The IDEA. A successful business start-up always starts with an idea, something that makes your business stand out from all the rest. So, how do you know if you got a good idea?
You HAVE a good idea if you can answer yes to the following questions: