Steps to know what type of business is right for you

Written By Gary Spirer Published March 28th, 2010

Should you be self-employed or have a small business? Many budding entrepreneurs often ask this question. Here’s how to determine what is right for you.

Step 1 Understand a small business operation versus self-employment

A small business is simply a privately-owned, for-profit establishment with, generally
speaking less than one-hundred employees–often fewer than ten. If you’re just getting started with your own product or idea, it is likely that you will become self-employed or that you will start a small business. If you are self-employed, you don’t receive an income from another company in the way you normally would and in the sense that you would have taxes taken out. You also won’t have employees but you may hire out people on a freelance or contracted basis. The reasons for opening your own small business are many, and very attractive: you can set your own business hours, sell or make or create what you want and make all your own decisions. You can also build relationships with your customers. Sure, you’ll work long hours, but you’ll also set your own goals and reap your own profits.

Step 2 Develop a range of skills

Keep in mind, though, if you’re to run your own business, your specific talent may not be as important as having other skills like accounting, customer relations, advertising, and managing the
employees you hire.

Step 3 Develop a long-term plan

You’ll need a long-term financial plan, a detailed budget, an operational plan (what are the rules your employees will have to follow?) and a lawyer. You’ll need cash on hand, at least enough to get you through a couple of lean years. After all, financing can be hard to come by, as banks often won’t loan to entrepreneurs with no experience or proven track record.

It’s that simple. Remember, the most important part of starting a business is knowing what type to start. Please visit for more great business advice.

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