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Business Plan and Start U Newsletter Issue #1063 – Starting a Business in Today's Economy
April 30, 2009


Business Plan And Start Up Newsletter
April 2009
Written by Shaunta Pleasant
President, TL Manage Inc.

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Starting a Business in Today's Economy...

A Few Cool Helpful Notes...



Starting a Business in Today's Economy

Everyone has heard of how bad the economy is right now. So, what do you do about starting a business? Is it wise? I believe if we take the steps that we should take whenever we start a business, we will be fine.

You need to always do your research - trying times or good times. Check out to ensure there is a market out there looking for what you want to offer. Is it a market willing to pay for things, or is it a "freebie seeking" market? These are things you will want to know before you start up a business.

It may be more challenging to start a business in times like we're in. However, with persistence and patience, you can see it through, and then, you will be ready when the economy picks up. If you experience some slow times, use that time to educate yourself on your market and sharpen your entrepreneurial skills. Read and learn new things. You'll be in a much better position when things are better to move your business forward.

If you're working outside the home now, I recommend staying at your job and building up your business on the side. This will give you a chance to gain some experience and "test the waters" without taking a big risk.

That said, you will need to commit to spending consistent time on your new business to grow it. Sometimes, when it's a "sideline", we can let it sit there and then decide it didn't work. You will have to take it seriously and commit a certain amount of time each week - serious time that you are actually working at your business (not browsing the internet).

Even when times are tight, there are areas that people always spend money on. The categories below seem to be "timeless" in their appeal.

• Fitness/Weight loss
• Relationships - how to improve them
• How to make money
• Personal growth and development
• Entertainment/hobbies/crafts
• Parenting

Try building a business around one of the above topics. These are general topics, but there are many "sub-niches" within them to capitalize on. For example, take the first category. You could write an information product on weight training. Or you could become a distributor with a nutrition supplement company. Or you could sell affiliate products in the fitness/nutrition field.

Remember to research and make sure you are venturing into an area that people are looking for information on and willing to pay for it.

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