December 6, 2018 | By Peyton Sawyer

Are you entertaining the idea of starting your own business? If so, there are several factors to consider before doing so. It is important to begin with the research necessary to make the business a success.

Many industries have flooded the market, whether they have an online presence or a brick and mortar location, which can suggest failure before you even get started. Without a good business plan, the right industry and location, and the preparation and funding it takes to get up and running, the odds are stacked against you. Inquiring about an alternative funding option like small business funding , may help with securing the start-up money you need to become operational.


If you have never had the opportunity to start a business or manage a business in the past, then you might want to get started on the research it requires. There are several books in print that can help you get an idea of what will be expected of you as a business owner.


Take a look at these titles to help with your business plans:

The Right and Wrong Stuff by Carter Cast

Carter Cast, a professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, spent years of his life researching career development and the reasons that some individuals rise to the top and others, who are equally knowledgeable, do not. In “The Right and Wrong Stuff” you will find the guide Cast created to determine what career type you fit in and why. He separated the career types into 5 categories that cut across gender, experience level, and industry, as well as highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each type.

When by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel Pink, the guru of professional and personal improvement, is practically a household name. His books have guided many individuals through the ups and downs of life and business. Now he is back to help educate you on the science of perfect timing. “When” helps to answer the questions that many potential business owners, and even non-business owners, would like to know. He focuses on the science of timing and how it can affect all areas of our lives. For instance: When is the best time for you to quit your job? What should your daily routine consist of? And, the question that many women would like their man to know, when should you get married?

When to Jump by Mike Lewis

“When to Jump”, may be a read that you weren’t expecting. While it is important that you take the time to plan out your future, don’t take too long. Life is too short to stay in a position that makes you miserable. Author, Mike Lewis, would agree. His book is based on how he left a prized career to pursue his dream. The book is inspiring and has the potential to see that you fulfill your dreams.

Rise and Grind by Daymond John

Daymond John, mentor on “Shark Tank”, talks about how to start a business from nothing. In his follow up book, Rise and Grind, he gives you the guidance and information needed to grow a mature business with almost no money. Learn how to use best practices and good habits that can help to create and sustain a business.