Starting a business is a big decision. Before you start your business make sure you are ready by asking yourself these three things.

Are you ready to work at least 50 hours every week when you start up the new business that you’ve been thinking about opening? If not, you might want to reconsider your decision to do it.

A recent survey of small business owners revealed that about 30% of them work more than 50 hours each week. It also showed that about 25% of them work more than 60 hours each week.

Getting a business startup off the ground is hard work. You need to ask yourself if you’re ready to do the work that’s necessary to turn your new business into a success story.

You also need to ask yourself a few other questions prior to starting a business. Here are three questions you should consider.

1. Is Now the Right Time to Start a Business?

Did you and your spouse just move into a new home? Are you expecting a child? Or do you have something else going on in your life that could take up a lot of your time and energy?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might not be in the ideal position to get a business startup up and running. You should consider postponing your plans for six months or even a year rather than rushing into things.

There is never going to be a time that’s 100% “right” to start a business. But you should try to pick a time when you don’t have a million and one other things going on in your life, if possible.

2. Does Your Community Really Need a Business Like Yours?

You might love coffee and love the idea of owning a coffee shop in your community. But if there are already 15 other coffee shops in your city or town, does your community really need another one?

Do your market research before opening up a new business to make sure that there is a demand for the products or services your company is going to offer. You might find that there isn’t enough of a demand to support your business and all the others out there that are just like it.

3. Do You Have the Right Tools to Run a Business?

To run a successful small business, you need more than passion. You need to have the right tools to keep your business afloat on a daily basis.

For example, if you’re going to hire employees to help you run your business, you’ll need to be able to provide them with paychecks and pay stubs at the end of every pay period. This might be something that’s foreign to you if you’ve never run a business before.

Fortunately, a site like can help you with this aspect of your business. But you’re still going to need to familiarize yourself with the process of paying both your employees and yourself.

Make Sure Your Business Startup Gets Off to a Strong Start

The worst thing you can do when you’re trying to open a business startup is unprepared. You’re going to doom your business from the beginning if you aren’t ready to hit the ground running.

Ask yourself the questions listed here—and ask yourself other questions about your commitment to your business, too. Your answers will help dictate whether or not you’re prepared to be the next great American entrepreneur.

Check out our blog to get more advice on starting and running a new business.