Responsibilities of Ownership

In the U.S., it's estimated that only about 30 percent of all startups are still in business after five years. The better you prepare yourself and understand the challenges ahead of you, the more likely it is that you'll be one of the survivors.

Probably the two most common reasons that a business doesn't succeed are that (1) the business is poorly managed because the owner lacks the necessary skills and (2) the owner underestimates how much money it will take to start the business (known in the lexicon as "undercapitalization"). In this section, we'll look specifically at the first cause and try to help you determine if you have the necessary skills.

To begin the process of preparing yourself, let's take a look at: