New Business

A selection of business English discussion questions.

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  1. Do you have any great business ideas which could make you a millionaire?
  2. What kind of qualities does a successful entrepreneur need? Do you have these qualities?
  3. Does having a university business degree make you more successful in business?
  4. What sort of research should you do before starting a new business?
  5. What can a new business do to attract wealthy investors?
  6. Can you think of some interesting ways in which a business can raise capital?
  7. What are the most effective ways for a new business to reach customers?
  8. What role does luck play in a new business's success?
  9. Does a new business need to take risks to be successful?
  10. Should a profitable new business seek to expand as quickly as possible?
  11. A large percentage of businesses fail within the first 5 years. What are the main reasons for this?
  12. What single piece of advice would you give to a friend starting a new business?
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