By Colette Cassidy

The decision to start a business is not one to be taken lightly. You might have a potentially lucrative business idea in mind and you may be passionate about succeeding in the business world. The rewards for getting it right are massive, not least in terms of personal pride that your creation is making an impact on the lives of others. However, long before you ever get to that point, you need to put in weeks and weeks of thankless effort just to get the business started. You’ll only become a successful business owner if you know what you’re doing and you’re willing to work incredibly hard at it.

If you’re considering starting your own business, there are a few questions you’ll need to ask yourself. Are you fully confident that the idea will be a success and that you’re willing to stop at nothing to make it succeed? Do you have the courage of your convictions to make tough decisions, even in the face of adversity? Do you know enough about every aspect of your business idea to be in a position to make knowledgeable decisions?

Once you’ve determined that you have the personality traits required for entrepreneurship, think about what is motivating you to pursue this approach. Do you want full control over your working life? Are you passionate about turning your hobby into your life’s work? Do you long for a sense of self fulfillment that will come from succeeding in business? Would you like to leave a lasting legacy for others to take on after you’ve made the business a success?

Setting up your own business will be challenging and will sometimes leave you wondering why you decided upon it in the first place, but if you’re prepared to work hard enough to succeed at it, it could be life-changing in a manner that no other life activity could match. The infographic below will help you consider all of the implications of starting a business.

What You Need to Know About Starting a Business [Infographic]