9 Ways To Prepare Before Starting Your Own Business

If you are unemployed, underemployed or unhappily employed, the idea of taking control and becoming your own boss might be sounding pretty sexy right about now. With the unemployment rate exceeding 9 percent, it has become clear that jobs aren't quite as dependable as perhaps we previously thought. However, the success rates for new business are quite scary too, with the majority of all new businesses failing in just a few years' time. While there is never going to be a "sure thing", if you are thinking of leaving your job to hang out your own shingle, there are significant benefits to preparing before you take the leap.