Are You Crazy to Start a Business in this Economy?

“Start a business in this economy?  Are you crazy?”
Maybe not so crazy.  For the moment, set aside the fact that traditional employment options might be limited because of this economy.  (It isn’t a news flash that the job market is tight.)  Instead, let’s focus on different questions:  Is a business started today likely to succeed or to fail?  Are there good recession resistant businesses?

It all depends on the kind of business.  This might not be a great time to start a business selling luxury goods.  But aren’t there other options?  What about businesses selling necessities?  Better yet, what about businesses selling necessities at a good value?  Maybe this is a great time for that kind of recession resistant business.

Tutoring services, for example, are famously steady in an off economy.  No matter how tight money might be, many parents will make it a priority to see that their children have the resources needed to succeed in school.

What about businesses that operate almost independent of the economy?  Yes, there are some.  Have you ever had the misfortune of having a flood in your home?  A problem like that happens just as often in economic booms as it does in a recession.  There are businesses that provide exactly that kind of disaster repair.  It’s hard to think of a reason that a disaster repair business can’t do well in a recession.

What else?  What about businesses with greater demand in a down economy?  There are plenty of business owners struggling today.  Wouldn’t this be a great time to sell services that can help turn around someone else’s struggling company?  Not to mention anyone who sells a product that will help a business to lower its costs.  Wouldn’t this economy help that sort of business to prosper?

There are certain demographics that are growing quickly.  It might be a great time to own a business that sells to the fast growing population of senior citizens.  There are several types of businesses that sell to seniors.  Some might provide skilled medical care, and others non-medical care.  Still other businesses provide home modification services, installing wheel chair ramps, stair lifts, or shower adaptations.  If you are providing this type of service, you might do very well in a world with a fast growing population of seniors.

Corporate America has cut so many positions that they have created an excellent opportunity for temporary staffing companies.  Many retail businesses continue to do well – sales are way up at dollar stores.  And, given that more people than ever work from home, pack-and-ship stores are doing more business than ever.

We could go on and on.  Yes, this economy has hurt a lot of businesses.  But it has also created opportunities for many others.  There truly are some great recession resistant businesses.

This might, indeed, be a great time to start a business.  You just have to find one that has the right kind of market.

Dan Citrenbaum is a Franchise Coach and Entrepreneurial Consultant, and is a franchisee himself. He has spent over 25 years helping small business owners start and grow their businesses, in order to achieve their dreams. He offers a free service to help people find an existing business to buy, or a successful franchise to start. View his company’s web site at Dan can be reached at or at 215-367-5349.

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