The following is a post from Patrick G. Mackaronis. Patrick is the Director of Business Development for New York City-based social network Brabble. In this post, Patrick has talked about the ups and downs of owning a business.Patrick has also talked about the risks in starting a new business. Patrick can be best reached on Twitter at @patty__mack.
Starting a new business can be a wonderful experience for an entrepreneur, as he sees his dreams come to fruition. However, the process is strenuous and requires a great deal of capital, research and resources. While there are many benefits to being a business owner, it’s not all a fun and easy ride. There are numerous risks to starting a new business of which you should be aware before taking the plunge.
You can take a steep financial hit if your business does not succeed. This can hurt you both in terms of your business holdings as well as in any personal stake you have in your business. If you have invested a great deal of money into your new business, you will likely lose most, if not all, of it should your business fail. This applies to any outside investors as well. Moreover, you will still be culpable for any lines of credit or other financial obligations you initiated to start/run your new business.
Poor Supply/Demand Ratio
You may have a wonderful idea for a new business and have all of the resources to open your doors. You have a great facility in which to do business and everything you need to get your endeavor off the ground. However, if the demand is not there for whatever product or service your business is touting, the chances of failure are great. Therefore, it is important before ever taking the steps to start a business that you do the research to be sure that the market in which you are serving has a demand for whatever your business offers.
Another major risk of opening and operating a business is a loss due to structural problems due to a disaster of some sort. This might include a fire or flood, which could destroy not only the place in which your business is housed, but also your entire inventory. While insurance will help to cover the loss, many businesses still close up shop because of the challenges involved in recovering from that kind of loss.