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8 Things Before Starting a Business

Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at 2:38 PM

I must link to an article for this particular blog to be relevant and to give credit where credit is due - as I was inspired to write based off the following article titled '8 Things I wish I knew before Starting a Business'

http://entrepreneur.venturebeat.com/2010...

The author - Don Rainey makes some good points and its worth a read if you are starting up a business. I've decided that McCook needs more people to start a few more businesses downtown and fill in some of the empty storefronts and now - with the Keystone Business Center - McCook is even better poised to offer great opportunities to new businesses.

I think it's important for people to realize the risks and dangers involved in starting your own business and read everything they can to prepare them for it. This article is a small step in that direction but does make some really good points. I will try to keep posting some info like this for those that are interested.

I have a few thoughts of my own about what I wish I knew before starting a business - the hours. It's hard to tell sometimes when you talk with someone that has owned a business for awhile if they are joking when they say prepare to work 20 hours each day - every day - forever! It's almost like saying the world is going to end in 2012, but unlike the world (which will probably not end in 2012...probably), the doom statement of working nonstop is pretty much a guarantee for people who are starting up a new business. It's a hard thing to do and requires lots of time and energy - much more than you ever think it will and is something many new business owners feel like they can escape. This is similar to the first statement of everything takes longer but I feel is a completely different point to consider.

I will only add one more thing to the list to round it out to 10 and maybe add on more later as the list could really probably go on for quite awhile. 10 - THE DETAILS COUNT. The smallest of details can mean a lot to your customers/clients that its easy to overlook the simple things when going for the big picture but its those little details that make a business shine. Keep your place clean, organized and easy to browse can be the first step to making sure the details are taken care of. Whatever small details will make your clients happy are important and shouldn't be overlooked when worrying about the big picture.

There are plenty of open spaces in downtown McCook (including some that I own!) that are ready to be filled with a new business venture - the MEDC (http://www.mccookne.org) will gladly assist anybody with getting your thoughts and ideas in line and helping you with contacting other individuals to help get your idea off the ground.



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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.