Now, that you have an idea of what kind of expenses should be considered as your start-up costs, how do you get the money into a bank account? A common way many people start their business is part-time while continuing to work earning a paycheck. The advantages of this route are you still maintain the security of a steady paycheck and access to benefits. Also, by starting small, you can test different ideas and strategies. A mistake at this point will not be likely to sink the company, and you can make adjustments and refinements to your plan before investing in it full time. Plus, by starting out part time, many of the start-up costs can be stretched out over time.
The disadvantage will be it can take longer to reach a point of profitability. Also, few employers are willing to allow you too much time away from your regular duties to become a potential competitor. The stresses of trying to manage even a small company and continuing to work for someone else may also take a toll on your health, family commitments, and other relationships because you will be thinking about or running your business all the time.
When you have decided to open your own business, you should give yourself as much lead time as possible. Some entrepreneurs jump right in, but most take as long as several years to think through all the complexities of your future enterprise. You can use this time to save money and pay down as much personal debt as possible, even pre-paying some regular expenses to conserve future cash flow. Some entrepreneurs take this time to look at the options of lining up second mortgages or homeowner lines of credit that can be used.