Ideas are everywhere. Successful entrepreneurs know that not every idea is a good business opportunity. Before you bet the ranch on your idea, take the time to research who will buy your product or service and what competition you will face.
- 20 Questions You Can Ask to Validate Your Startup Idea (Entrepreneur Magazine)
- Evaluate Your Idea checklist (Princeton Creative Research)
- Buying a Franchise (Entrepreneur Magazine)
- How to Choose the Right Franchise for You (Business News Daily)
- Buying an Existing Business (SBA)
While preparing your startup endeavor, be sure to research and understand the market that you will be entering. Use the Resource Navigator to find a programs that provide market research assistance. Local libraries are a great place to start. The Tarrant County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is another free resource. Their services include one-on-one advising, assistance with financing, accounting, market research, business plan development and marketing.
Many support organizations have classes and workshops for all types of entrepreneurs. Be sure to explore the Calendar of Events to find an event near you. Below is a list of service providers that offer classes geared towards entrepreneurs and small business owners:
The Tarrant County Small Business Development Centers (SBDC, SCORE Fort Worth and Small Business Technology Development Centers) offer no charge one on one business appointments to the public. To find your nearest office, use the Resource Navigator.