Step 6: Learn about the work you want to try


This step in the process to start your own business may feel a little intimidating if you’re not used to interviewing people. But this is a very important step for several reasons;

  • You’ll learn about the realities of starting and running a business in your community
  • You’ll introduce yourself to a leader in the community who could help you reach new customers
  • You’ll get to practice talking about your business idea which will help you get more clear on what you want to do

Depending on the kind of business you want to start, it may not be possible to find entrepreneurs in that same field in your community.

That’s not important. What’s important is that you get out and talk to three or four people in your community who run their own business.

No matter what they do, they will have good advice for you in this research and start-up stage.

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Exercise 6a: Make your list of people to interview
The very best way to learn about starting a business is to talk to people in your community who’ve done it.

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Exercise 6b: Basic interview skills
Interviewing people to get information is not hard, but, there are a few things you can do to make the interviews go well.

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Exercise 6c: Interview local business people
Use the questions in this exercise as a starting place to do an interview that answers the questions you really want to know about.

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Once you are ready, click here for Step Seven: Develop Your Personal Sales Pitch