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Ten Tips on How to Start a Small Business

Know your skills and know your limits.

A good business plan takes both into account. Are you great at planning and starting things, but not as spectacular after things get going? Are you better at accounting than marketing? How are you with current technology?

Make two lists and be honest with yourself. Knowing what you do well will keep you inspired when things get tough. Knowing what you need help with will keep you on the lookout for the best advisors and colleagues.

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