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The world is full of advice on how to start a business or the best types of businesses to start. However, if you’re not ready to go into business for yourself, you’ll be doing much more harm than good. Fortunately, there are some sure-fire traits or signs you may possess or feel that dictate when it’s time to launch your entrepreneurial career. Here are a few of them.

Risk Taker
If you’ve always had a penchant for taking risks, now may be the time to start a business. Of course, it’s imperative to fully understand the potential risks you’re taking so that you can properly manage them. If you’re prepared to go forth knowing this, it means you’re ready to start a business, according to Entrepreneur.

Expertise in Field
One of the best reasons to start a business is if you have expertise in a certain industry or profession. This is especially true if you’ve peaked in your existing job and desire more autonomy and creativity with your skillset. You’ll already know many of the major players in the industry, whether they’re suppliers, manufacturers or vendors.

Cash on Hand
Plenty of successful entrepreneurs have started businesses with little or no cash. Having a chunk of change in advance gives you an advantage. Just make sure you have a solid business plan going in and fully understand the costs involved in your new business. 

Passion
Another sign that you’re ready to go it alone is if you have an intense passion for your particular endeavor. Hobbies or interests you’ve pursued over the years could fall in this realm. Whatever the case, your passion can help get you through some long hours on your quest for success.

Inner Drive
When you have a visceral drive to proceed with your venture, it’s a telltale sign that it’s time to get going. The way to know whether this feeling is legitimate is if you simply “can’t not” do it, according to Inc. In that case, go with your gut and dive right in.

If any of these aforementioned traits or feelings describe your situation, it’s probably time to give up the day job and get your business started. Otherwise, you may regret it later on.

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