Step One: What do I Want to Sell?
Step One: Getting StartedResearch
What do I Want to Sell?
The Next Step
Who Will My Customers Be?
Who Are My Competitors?
Where Should I Locate My Business?
How Do I Finance My Business?
Programs and Incentives for Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses
The Business Plan
Your Final Decision: Analyzing the Facts
What Is My Business Objective?
A Word About Marketing
Small Business GuideAbout North Carolina
About Small Business Center Network
About NC Community College System
Step One: Getting Started
Step Two: Operating A Business
Step Three: Business Plan
The first thing an entrepreneur needs to determine before starting a business is: What do I Want to Sell?
If you have already decided what you are going to do, click here to skip this section.
Look at your interests, your past experience, your skills. For example, if you spend your weekends taking car engines apart and putting them back together, perhaps you could operate a successful auto repair shop. If your whole family raves about your cooking, you may want to consider opening a catering business. If you have a knack for creating beautiful flower arrangements, consider becoming a florist.
If you need help coming up with ideas for your business, you may want to visit your local library. Ask the librarian for assistance in finding a helpful book or magazine.
Here are some ideas for books:
201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business: Revised & Updated Edition
by Jane Applegate
Turn Your Talents into Profits: 100+ Terrific Ideas for Starting Your Own Home-Based Microbusiness
by Darcie Sanders and Martha Bullen
What Color is Your Parachute
by Richard Nelson Bolles
The 100 Best Businesses for the 21st Century
by Gregg Ramsay and Lisa Rogak
Here are some Web sites that might help you come up with ideas for your small business:
This is the web site for Entrepreneur magazine.
This site will take you to the U.S. Small Business Administration's on-line reading room. Peruse this site for articles related to developing an idea for a business to start.
This is the web site for Small Business Opportunities magazine.
This web site contains ideas for starting on-line businesses.
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Community Programs Coordinator
Director of Small Business and Economic Development Programs