is it easy to start a business?

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  1. Eric Graudins profile image61
    Eric Graudinsposted 14 years ago

    Please stop posting all these  these stupid, meaningless  topics  on the forums.

  2. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    Eric, you don't understand, he is "blending into the community" big_smile

    1. Eric Graudins profile image61
      Eric Graudinsposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I know what I'd do if I got near him with a blender!

      p.s. Nice pic of your son!

      1. Mark Knowles profile image59
        Mark Knowlesposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        I nearly wet myself laughing at the iPod blended.

        Thanks for the laugh.

  3. sunforged profile image72
    sunforgedposted 14 years ago

    It will be to hard for you, try indentured servitude I hear its dependable

  4. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years ago

    Experience only is not enough to start a business. One has to know many things before starting it. One has to be introduced to business systems. that is the difficult part of it. I have been in business since last 25 years and I have learned a lot during my tenure.
    jyoti kothari

    1. Lady Guinevere profile image73
      Lady Guinevereposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      It certianly isn't.  My business folded becasue of a phyysical move, but what I learned was immeasrable.
      Mine was a kind of hobby of mine.  Okay let me explain. I am a seamstress.  Now 10 years ago that was lucrative in the area that I lived.  I had a good client base and most dropped their items off one day, picked them up two days later and drop more off.  That kept me going and I was just beginning to make a bit of income after the overhead.  Well we moved to a remote area and I started my business again here.  Well things didn't work out so well and I kinda went out of business. 
      This is what I was told by the Income Tax person and I went to the Business license department to verify that this could be done.
      When doing such a business as this do not go get a business license first.  The government does not conside a business a business until it makes $5.000.00 a year.  So if you are not making that then you don't have to get a license until you do so.  Business Licenses aren't that expensive here but trying to get in contact with any official to tell them you no longer have a business is not that easy.
      Next time you are thinking of starting a business thinks of what you will do the first year--and be realistic--I claimed that I would make at least $5,000.00 the first year and I didn't even come close to that.  There are lots of things to think about before opening a business.
      That's just my experience for what it is worth.

      1. countrywomen profile image60
        countrywomenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Before starting any business I would suggest one should have sufficient experience in that line of business  and some of my thoughts are:
        1) With the some relevant experience one knows the ins and outs of that business to a certain degree
        2) Also one develops certain contacts during working which again can be used when starting the own business
        3) Loans are also easier to procure since it is easy to convince the bankers that you have the relevant experience to succeed in this business.
        4) One also could have saved some money during working which can help tide over till the business generates profits.

        All said and done timing is important too. But as they say the smarter you are the luckier you get. Good luck.

        1. dingdong profile image58
          dingdongposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          Nice thoughts smile

          1. countrywomen profile image60
            countrywomenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

            Glad you liked my thoughts.

            1. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
              JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years agoin reply to this

              Well. All these work but the crucial point is developing a system. Banks do not pay without a system. Therefore many can not understand why bankers are not considering their proposals.
              I am in a business since last 25 yeras and at least 40-50 people have started their own business, whom I backed.
              So this is my sincere advice that create a system besides all these advised .
              Jyoti Kothari

              So this

  5. Misha profile image63
    Mishaposted 14 years ago

    LOL That's one sick blender big_smile

    And thank you for the compliment - it is still me, just a couple of years ago smile

    1. dingdong profile image58
      dingdongposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Misha, it's cool cool

    2. abgloemeka profile image54
      abgloemekaposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I am shola andi am from nigeria,first iwill love to know u better then i can share what i have in mind for u if u care then u can chat with me

  6. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years ago

    What is a blender and who is sick?

        Jyoti Kothari

  7. dingdong profile image58
    dingdongposted 14 years ago

    That website says 'Try this at home' lol

  8. TravelMonkey profile image59
    TravelMonkeyposted 14 years ago

    find a niche

    1. dingdong profile image58
      dingdongposted 14 years agoin reply to this


      It's easy to start a forum thread like this, get the original post deleted and let others discuss on big_smile

  9. Robin Marie profile image61
    Robin Marieposted 14 years ago

    It's much easier to start a business than it is to keep a business going and growing.
    Learn all you can before you get involved with any business venture.

  10. aka-dj profile image67
    aka-djposted 14 years ago

    It is VERY easy to start a business, in most places of the world. I could star as many as I want, today, for next to nothing. But making money with it is another matter altogether. cool

    1. countrywomen profile image60
      countrywomenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Isn't that obvious that someone would start a business with a profit motive of making money big_smile

      1. aka-dj profile image67
        aka-djposted 14 years agoin reply to this

        Anything that is not profit oriented is not a business. It's a charity.

        1. countrywomen profile image60
          countrywomenposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          I agree their are cooperative businesses and others which are non profit (maybe break even is fine with them) involved in charity.  I guess I was just joking about the general objective of business but as you mentioned charity is also important and the profit motive may not be so important for them as long as the objectives of the charitable institution are served. big_smile

  11. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years ago

    I agree. It is difficult because developing a system is an art.

       Jyoti kothari

    1. henrytom profile image54
      henrytomposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Anybody that what's to start a business should be ready to work hard and smart; spend time and money. The problem many people are having is the GET-RICH-QUICK syndrome. They want to get rich quick but are not ready to work. What you sow is what you reap.

    2. henrytom profile image54
      henrytomposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Anybody that what's to start a business should be ready to work hard and smart; spend time and money. The problem many people are having is the GET-RICH-QUICK syndrome. They want to get rich quick but are not ready to work. What you sow is what you reap.

  12. Stacie L profile image88
    Stacie Lposted 14 years ago

    This is ,without a doubt, the most difficult  period in my life to maintain a small home business  .
    making any money in a new business is  almost impossible right now.
    Until people  have some extra, spendable cash,it will have to wait.
    Online is the only place I'm making a little(very little) sad

  13. JYOTI KOTHARI profile image61
    JYOTI KOTHARIposted 14 years ago

    You are right.

  14. amwass2002 profile image59
    amwass2002posted 14 years ago

    I DO NOT want to say that it is EASY to start a business, neither is it HARD. However one must be clear on what he/she wants to achieve in the long run, that being said, I believe that many have found the reasons as to why starting a business is tedious be it TIME, CAPITAL etc. I say you, all you need is a good IDEA

  15. aka-dj profile image67
    aka-djposted 14 years ago

    I think your question should have been, "What things do I need to know/do, to start a business?" Then you can get real practical answers.

  16. waynet profile image68
    waynetposted 14 years ago

    Yes it is easy to start a business...all you do is buy a ready made business website, hope for the best and pray to whatever god you wish to, although only in the respected hubpages forum thread on a sunday or another day if you are of another religion but I would not like to go into religion as it whiffs a bit like a storybook kind of nightmare that only shaolin monks like to do their kung fu on top of a frozen mountain with banners of the chinese dragon that has the message of yin and yang against the backdrop of mr blobby's beer belly!

    My psychologist says breath.....breath.... in out...shake it all about we do the hoky coky and we turn around that's what it's all ......

    1. aka-dj profile image67
      aka-djposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      I think the question was a bit broader than just a web-based business!

  17. TravelMonkey profile image59
    TravelMonkeyposted 14 years ago

    True, I believe you get back what you put in; unless you get real lucky

  18. profile image49
    enimaryposted 14 years ago

    I think it depends on what you are looking for.  Good ideas are great, but that can take a lot of time and capital.  There are some legitimate home businesses you can get into, but make sure you do your homework first.  I have worked from home for 6-years now.  I was invited to get details by listening to a phone overview.  Even though I loved what I heard and I asked many questions, just because the folk who called me had answers, I didn't know them.  I learned a lot about the team, the team support and what they told me about as far as all the public service awards the company had received, I picked up my phone and called first the Better Business Bureau, verifying the integrity of the company.  I also called the Attorney Generals Office to make sure it was not a pyramid or a scam and I called the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. 

    I had 120 days to try it out and if I didn't like it I knew I could get the money for my business kit back, which was less than $30. 

    Well, I am still there working with many moms and dads and just overall, having a lot of fun.

    LOL in your search.


  19. profile image52
    stockrookie09posted 14 years ago

    ive been looking for a stock exchange trading game but have not found any good ones.  does anyone know of any?

  20. profile image56
    panah100posted 14 years ago

    It's easy to start a business, but where do you want to get to. I do encourage you to read on and learn as much as you can before jumping in. You also need to be able to take risks. I am biased but if you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen. There will be tough days. There will be days that you want to quit. There will be days that you dream of going back to 9-5. But if you are strong enough to resist all these challenges, you can make it smile

  21. henrytom profile image54
    henrytomposted 14 years ago

    Starting a business is easy, first what you need is the right information about the business you want to go into. Lots of people are going into businesses they know nothing about. you need to find out what you are good at (a nitch) and if you don't know about it find an expert who does. Don't just do a business becos everybody is doing it. I've written a hub on this but not yet published. I'll let you know when I'm through.

  22. AEvans profile image75
    AEvansposted 14 years ago

    I have an on-line business in fact I am putting up a second one , it takes patience and perserverance and it won't make you a millionaire as it takes time to grow a business.
    If you have patience, you can do it. smile

  23. TBWBusiness profile image60
    TBWBusinessposted 14 years ago

    It's not about it being easy; it is more about you having a passion for something that you would do because you love it. Anything that you love will become easy because it is something that you are so focused on and you'll do this regardless of how much money you make or how many hours you have to put into starting the new business.  As a coach now, I know what it takes to start a business, but in 1993 I didn't have a coach or anyone to relate to in starting a new business.  So in saying that, hire a lifestyle entrepreneur coach, like myself - because this person has experience and will help you go through the process and help you to delay or not make any extra mistakes or hidden issues.

  24. joanym profile image61
    joanymposted 14 years ago

    Starting a business is easy just need to be very focused and committed to helping others achieve what they want that way you will be successful.

  25. unigroupx profile image58
    unigroupxposted 14 years ago

    Actually i have a contrary view to what a lot people think about starting a business.

    Starting a business mostly online biz, alot of people think is that easy, you just go out there set up a website and start generating profit. Well, i know this might sound strange but,is the fact that everyday people set up a business & fail miserably after something.

    Below is something you have to know  when starting a business.

    (1) Must have a passion: Something that motivate you, in other words something you can not do without.

    (2)Transform you passion into business (source of income) do not enter into a business that you have little or no knowledge of what the biz is all about.As this may lead to failure

    (3)Find out the Niche for that business

    (4)Establish a friendly relationship with your Niche. (providing solution to their problem)

    (5)Build up  confidence.

    (6)Identify your competitor in that niche & try to dorminate them by spying on them, and improve on what they are doing.

    (7) Be patient. wait for your business to grow. True business grow with time.

    (9)Conquer your FEAR - (false evidence appearing real)For you to succeed in bussiness you must take away fear  completely from your heart.

    (10) Watch your business grow. these are just few things you need to know when setting up a business.

    Hope it's helpful?


    1. offshorebanker profile image61
      offshorebankerposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe a better way to say this is to say, find something that they are not already providing to the market.  Make your product or service unique in some way, otherwise you will be competing on price and that's usually a pretty tough slog for someone who is just starting out.

      Most (even small) business take about 18-24 months to start "cash flowing"....especially if everyone is working for a "normal" salary -- and not just sweat equity.

      Keep that in mind when you're building out your expansion plans and budgeting operating expenses for the first 2 years.


      1. rharper profile image80
        rharperposted 14 years agoin reply to this


        A quick story.... short on time.

        When the fees were lower, we sold sunglasses on ebay.  It can be done but now half your profits will be absorbed by  ebay-paypal.

        Fortunately, we used the money to purchase an ebook from Micheal Holland in 2003 that had  the blueprints (keywords, merchants, etc.) for niche websites.  It's outdated now and unavailable.

        stop ..


        P.S.  Just noticed the first thread...  (Eric) Please stop posting all these  these stupid, meaningless  topics  on the forums.

        1. WHoArtNow profile image83
          WHoArtNowposted 14 years agoin reply to this

          That means the original poster had his/her post removed because it was spam.


  26. webjunkie profile image59
    webjunkieposted 14 years ago

    yea dumb thread name agreed answer Sure its easy.... but no one ever said it was easy to make a profit from it, that requires time and work.. when you find that one that lets me click a button and deposit funds into my bank call me at 1-800-IAM-DUMB

    1. WHoArtNow profile image83
      WHoArtNowposted 14 years agoin reply to this

      LOL brilliant!

      From my experience of joint owning a company with my brother the best advice I can pass on is this:-

      1. Keep your overheads as low as possible! If you can work from home then do it!

      2. Don't expand to quickly, try and keep growth at a constant.

      3. Expect to work your ass off for a few years earning little money, in the long run it'll be worth it.

      And the most important piece of advice I can give you, is always treat your couriers well! In these modern times, it's near impossible to have a company without the use of couriers, do NOT piss them off!

  27. fburnett453 profile image60
    fburnett453posted 14 years ago

    Hello this is Floyd Burnett From New york. I've been a business owner for over 15 years now  and let me tell you. Things have been real tough this last year or so with the price of every thing going up and people just aren't spending the money like they used to. I'm turning more towards the Internet these days because the cost of labor is just so hard to pay.I really like the Internet because you can meet some really nice people on the Internet these days.I Just Don't Now about this new online income system that I just joined a couple of months ago.I am willing to give it a shot and see what happens the name of this system is Global Domains International.They have a great paying weekly and monthly bonus program. Well I've been a successful business owner for all these years and now I'm an online Business owner.I Really hope that this Online business Really works out for me.You see it's what you make out of  what you got that gets you what you want don't you think.You no you can have everything you want in life if you will just help enough people get what they want in life.To every one that is trying to make it online here is to your success.I wish everybody the best of LUCK!
    (Thank You And Have A Nice Day)
    Experience only is not enough to start a business it takes years and years of dedication

  28. spmelliott profile image60
    spmelliottposted 14 years ago


    As a business development  and finance expert that have helped hundreds of businesses as well as aspiring entrepreneurs to start their own business, I want to comment on this question.

    Starting a business is not for someone trying to escape a bad situation or for that matter 9am to 5pm job. Starting a business calls for more than that. You will do well to be clear about why you want to start a business in the first place and how your business will be of benefit to your market. Yes, financial independence has often been quoted as one of the key reasons people start their own business. However, money by itself can never bring us complete satisfaction and so has to be balanced against other factors in our decision to start a business. I mentioned in my book, My Business Is My Business, numerous stories of people who started a business with half baked ideas and very often the wrong mindset and how each came against challenges that rendered them unsuited for business life.  I guess the up short of all of this is that if you love what you do and you are prepared to help others through your business the journey will be easier. If on the other hand your focus is money and nothing else, then you will have a lots to deal with on the way.

    I believe that starting a business is easy but sustaining a business is quite something else. Everyone can start a journey but only few people finish the journey.
    I wish you all the best and if you need help starting your business please do not hesitate to contact me. If you are in the UK I will love to meet you at some point. I love and enjoy helping entrepreneurs.

  29. suppee profile image60
    suppeeposted 14 years ago

    Hi, I'm new to the forum, and I have to say, I find the comments from a few so very intriguing- its almost scary to add your own opinions.

    I  have had a thriving off line business for many years, and I think to a cetain extent you are born with the hard skinned exterior to continue through thick and thin. It's never easy, and there is always an associated cost- stress, health, fear,  but also the rewards are tremendous.  I have emabarked more recently on setting up an online business- and am tracking my experience on here, The forst two hubs are quite serious-  but then life isn't all work! - If you dream it, You are half way to getting it. If you have your model and follow the steps but retain flexibility when required, you can achieve your goals, Not always fast, but keep a perpetual eye on your goal.

    Anyway- I hope you read my hubs- I ma reading as many as I can of yours, in between work, play and have a nice day!!!

  30. Marketester profile image37
    Marketesterposted 14 years ago

    Start a business could be easy, but it was maybe easier during good economic climate...

    Then, here are the things you have to know and to do:

    - Is your business project gives to people something different and with a better value than the existing market?

    - Have you test your market?
    The current economic climate is having an impact on businesses large and small. Several people who lost their job think about launching their own business.
    What is clear is that the uncertainty means that researching a business’ market has never been more important.
    Testing your market could be cost-effectively done if you do it online. With this method you can test your core target with your precise questions for a reasonable cost.


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