There are so many things to consider when starting a business that it can often get scary. Many people will never get past the idea stage because they allow this fear to freeze them in place. Many others will leap before looking and fall flat on their faces. How do you know when to be cautious and when to push forward?
There is no one answer that fits every business idea. What works in Podunk,Arkansas may not work in Los Angelas so my suggestion would be to really pay attention to your research about what sells well where you intend to place your business. What does that area need? While proper research will not remove all risk associated with opening a small business of any type, it can reduce risk drastically.
You must also be realistic with your expectations at the start. Owning your own business can be the hardest yet most rewarding thing you ever undertake as long as you are not expecting overnight wealth. Work first on developing a good reputation in your community by delivering a quality product at a fair price. Slow and steady wins the race.
Cashflow is key! You must be prepared at the start of your business to have to struggle. This preperation can come simply by paying very close attention to what you are spending each month on business expenses as well as what profit you are seeing return to the business. Reinvestment of funds to help the business grow can often be the difference in whether or not a business becomes more than just a job you have created for yourself. If you pay attention to the math you may be able to sidestep small obstacles before they become huge problems.
Each businessmans goal should be to expand and grow their business to the point of it becoming an asset capable of supplying the owner with passive income. It's not always easy nor is it as hard as some would have you believe. A little self discipline can go a long way.
At the end of the day, your businesses success or failure, like any relationship, depend on nothing more that what you did that day to protect and nurture it's growth.