Risk is an inherent part of running a small business, but can be minimized

May 29, 2014

Entrepreneurs are commonly thought of as being risk-takers. After all, the willingness to take risks may lead to big opportunity, innovation and the creation of something new. However, uncalculated risks can be detrimental to business. For many entrepreneurs, this means having to find a way to cope with uncertainty while developing a business venture.

Deciding to go down the entrepreneurial path is a risk in and of itself. However, this does not necessarily mean that every decision you make has to be a risky one. In fact, a recent Inc. article suggests that many seasoned entrepreneurs don’t even consider themselves to be risk takers. Instead, they work to keep risks to a minimum as much as possible.

Starting a new venture comes with some level of uncertainty, but by being aware of what you can do to manage the amount of risk you are taking, you can prepare to be met with success. Before taking a leap in to uncertain territory, think about the potential loss you might face as the result of your action. As Inc. contributor Paul Brown suggests, consider what you can pay vs. what you can afford.

Brown explains that assets are not just financial. When embarking on an entrepreneurial venture, your reputation, health and relationships are among the other factors that could be put at risk by a business move. Ultimately, the decision to move forward or find an alternate route is up to you.

Being as prepared as possible to handle the challenges of starting a business can help entrepreneurs create successful ventures. One aspect of this process is knowing about how to incorporate your business, and the type of business entity you should choose when forming your corporate structure.