CEED Idea Lab:
Use this guide to find out what your readiness level is. When you finish the quiz your score will be in the upper left-hand corner and it will be out of 90 total points. The scale below will tell you where you fall!
(1-18) Level 1: Testing the Waters
You may have just started thinking about whether entrepreneurship would be a good fit for you or may have found you weren't happy with the jobs you have been doing and are looking for something new. You in the very beginning stages, and that's good! Start learning about what entrepreneurship is and soon you will be exploring your options.
(19-36) Level 2: Exploring Options
You are likely in an information gathering stage where you are looking to explore your options so that you can chose what would be the best to meet your needs and interests. There is a lot of information out there about entrepreneurship, but it often isn't specific to disability and can be really confusing. Don't worry, the next section should help guide you in your exploration!
(37-54) Level 3: Unsure
You have explored entrepreneurship as an employment option as best you can so far, but are still not sure if it is the best fit for you, and that's okay! What might be most helpful right now is to brainstorm, and play around with what you would like to do and what your business idea might look like. As you learn, try not to hold yourself back and don't be afraid to get creative at this point. Talk to people to find out what kinds of products and/or services are needed in your community that fit your skills and interests!
(55-72) Level 4: You Have an Idea
You know what you want your business to be about, and that's great, but you probably aren't quite sure how to make it work yet. Focus on connecting your ideas to what you learn about entrepreneurship and on brainstorming the more practical aspects of the business. Planning for your business doesn't need to look like a formal business plan. Start figuring out what is going to work best for you to help take your ideas to the next level!
(73-90) Level 5: Ready to Start!
You not only have an idea for your business, but have already started planning how to make it work. You may have even already started your business as a hobby or side project. While you have thought it through, a lot of these ideas may not be written down yet. It is important for you to create a business plan of some kind, and remember that it doesn't need to look like a formal business plan. The format of it should meet your needs and the way you like to think. A business plan is useful because it helps you explain everything you want to do with your business to other people so you can network and connect to opportunities. For example, Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) are powerful resources. However, they need a business plan as a starting point. From there they can help you start your business.
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