Starting your first business can be a very overwhelming process.
Unfortunately, a large number of start-ups fail within the first few years of their existence. Any decision to start your own business should never be entered into lightly, especially if it will involve you quitting a secure job. Entrepreneurship is particularly risky at the moment with the economy still recovering, but all the main political parties believe that small businesses are the key to recovery.
If you decide to start your own business, remember to stay positive and remain patient. The odds are extremely unlikely that your business will be an overnight success, but with perseverance you could build a very strong business over a number of years.
It often helps to make a check-list to try and identify some of the most important issues that will face your business. Try to examine whether your business will be unique or if it is simply a copy of something else on the market. You should also look at any potential competitors that you will have to face and then learn more about them.