January 2013 Archives

The ups and downs of running a start-up business

There's no doubt about it, deciding to start a small business involves a fair amount of risk. Going that route is definitely not for everyone. For those who determine it is the right route however, it is likely that they will feel great satisfaction, possibly even if the business is not financially successful. While there are innumerable things that those in the Chicago area who decide to pursue starting their own small business will face they will likely encounter at least one or two of the following.

Chicago small businesses can survive big business competition

What do you want to do when you grown up? While plenty of adults in the Chicago area are still mulling that question over, many others know they want to have their own business. They may be holding back from chasing that dream for a variety reasons including the fear that there may not be room for a smaller business in a world made up of much larger businesses. Others may be concerned about what happens if one is successful-- dealing with the wrath of the competitor. The reality however is that this may be easier to overcome than one realizes.

Avoiding the fiscal cliff could benefit Chicago area businesses

At the end of last year, residents throughout the nation waited anxiously to hear whether the nation's economy would indeed fall over the fiscal cliff. Small business owners in the Chicago area were no exception. While it is impossible to please everyone, all of the time, when a deal was struck on the first day of the new year, many people, including some owners of small businesses, were relieved, believing it will result in more good than harm.

Analysts predict economic upswing in Chicago area

In order for a business to survive or even get off the ground, there are many things that must be in place. Perhaps one of the most important is that the economy be at a place where it can support the business. When the recession hit several years ago it undoubtedly took its toll on the Chicago area and beyond.

Some Chicago small businesses did not receive services purchased

So you've decided to start your own business. Now what? For many residents of Chicago who find themselves in that position the next step is to create a business plan. Some in this situation as well as those already in business, find it helpful to hire a third party to assist in the task. Unfortunately, some local individuals seeking to start or expand their already existing small businesses were allegedly ripped off by another local business.

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