You might think you have a phenomenal, creative idea for starting a business. Perhaps you’ve seen someone else bring something similar to market and you think you can build a better mousetrap.

Before you bootstrap your way to your dream of fame and fortune, it’s prudent to test your idea and see if it’s likely to succeed. Ask smart advisors. Do market research. Here are thirteen ways (including my suggestion to visit your local library and do a little research) to help determine if your idea is viable.

And once you’ve determined that your idea is a brilliant one, contact me for help if you need it, and I recommend for ongoing information and support for entrepreneurs.