Do you have what it takes to be a successful small business owner? Start up ideas and motivations can cloud the reality of whether or not your skills, talents and basic personality traits are a good match up for a successful start up.
The SBA - Small Business Administration offers an assessment tool "to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business". There's no question drive and determination are critical to small business start up success, but it takes more than that to move a start up business into a profitable, self-sustaining business. Quoting from the SBA's assessment tool web page, here's what you can expect:
"The tool will prompt you with questions and assist you in evaluating skills, characteristics and experience – as they relate to your preparedness for starting a business. Your responses will be scored automatically and an assessment profile provided, when you click the submit button. You will also receive, based on your score, a statement of Suggested Next Steps, directing you to the most appropriate SBA resources to help improve your business preparedness. Such next steps may include free SBA online courses, direct access to online counseling and/or targeted links to appropriate resources."
As important as the time and money you could lose if you're not a good match up for what it takes to have a successful small business start up, it's equally important to not skip the match up assessment step just because it might interject some realistic decision making into the start up assessment process.