Considering your personal strengths is a step that is often overlooked. Take a moment to reflect what makes you, you. What do you enjoy? When do you perform your best? Think about what doesn’t work for you, anticipate areas in which you will need support. How will your attributes help or hinder your business venture?
The following are some good sites which provide tools to help you decide if you are ready to start a small business. There are many factors to consider. These pages may give you a feel for the things you will need to think about. Keep in mind that you are considering a microenterprise and that your needs will be less than most businesses. The following tools are largely for people considering larger business ideas but they are still useful tools to identify needs and talents. Keep in mind that not all of these issues will be a concern for your micro business.
Alaska Minority Business Development Center’s "Thinking of Starting a Business?" - questions you should ask yourself about starting a business.
The Alaska Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development have a Small Business Development assessment that may help in your process.
This website will help you realize your strengths and will give you advice on how you can improve.
Determine your personal potential
A great way to assess your personal potential is to get together with people you know and develop a Person Centered Plan.
The UAA Center for Human Development is available to assist people who would like to develop a plan. To talk with someone about determining your potential through Person Centered Planning, contact Carl Evertsbush at 272-8270 or email Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to check out the other topics in this section of the guide:
Roger Shelley at 907-264-6265 or email@example.com.
For assistance or additional information contact:The Center for Human Development by email | 2702 Gambell Street, Suite 103, Anchorage, AK 99503 | Phone: 907-272-8270 | Toll Free: 1-800-243-2199
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