Unless you happen to be planning to establish a charitable, non-profit organization of some type, the main reason why you may be interested in starting a business is to make a living or build wealth from the endeavor. For many people, the desire to "be your own boss" and escape from the shackles of traditional employment is part of the motivation, but the bottom line usually comes down to wanting some form of business financial success so that you are not living from paycheck to paycheck.
One of the most important things that you will do in your quest to enjoy business related financial success is to have a clear, detailed, and realistic business plan that will lay out a map for your progress in your new business. A well-done business plan will include financial projections, working capital management objectives, cash flows analysis, industry and competition analysis, a profile to target customers or a specific audience, and an outline of organizational and asset management ideas.
One of the common errors that a lot of new business people make, which contributes greatly to the high failure rate of new businesses, is not having a clear and complete picture of the marketplace in which they plan to compete. Spending some advance time in analyzing the industry and collecting enough pertinent information will give the entrepreneur a much better idea of what is needed in order to forge business financial success in a given field.
In most cases, when someone is looking to start a new business, they will need some type of start up, working capital to see them through until the business starts to make enough money to be self-sustaining, as well as to be able to pay out salaries. Because a new business has no track record of any kind and no net assets or financial statements to submit for a loan, the only business financial information that the lenders will be able to evaluate is the entrepreneur's personal credit and total assets.
Even if you have excellent credit and current assets that you can borrow against in order to take out a loan to get your business started, a loan officer will still require a detailed business plan from you. Without a thorough business plan, your aspirations are nothing more than wishful thinking and your loan application won't get very far in the process.
The lenders will want you to prove to them that you have a knowledgeable understanding of the industry you wish to enter, as well as sufficient management knowledge to be able to successfully take your business from inception, through the growth phases and into stability.
When an entrepreneur is heavily engaged in establishing and growing their own business, there is no doubt that it becomes a very personal endeavor. But often this perspective is just "too close" to be able to make important decisions that can lead to business financial success. However, when someone has taken the time to research and map out a clear and detailed business plan, this can help to overcome the challenges.