Launching a startup business could open the door to financial freedom for a successful and motivated entrepreneur. The business landscape in Texas is welcoming to startups. Still, there are things would-be business owners need to be aware of, including legal issues.

Don’t expect everything to be the same for everyone. In other words, competitors could have a significant advantage. Perhaps an entrepreneur running a similar business is worth millions of dollars and can weather years of losses. That’s just the way things go, so it is best to accept that the playing field might not be level.

Laws, rules and regulations can change at any time. New laws, such as increases in taxes or safety requirements, may lead to additional costs or necessitate changes. Events like these are out of an entrepreneur’s control. Accept and deal with regulatory changes, positive or negative ones, as they come.

Lawsuits can occur. Someone might slip and fall on the premises, or a business partner might make outrageous claims on money supposedly owed to him or her. Anyone new to the business ownership and startup world may need to be prepared for litigation and days in court.

Jumping right into a full-time startup job comes with fiscal risks. Will the revenue be enough to cover current living expenses? Perhaps maintaining another form of employment, full or part-time, is something that should be considered. While time-consuming, the process might be financially necessary.

Careful planning could prove helpful. Drawing up a detailed, but flexible, business plan may create a workable map to follow. Goals, budgets, growth expectations and should all be included in the plan.

Conducting market research may have value. A better understanding of the market creates perceptions about consumer demand, viable advertising strategies and more.

Hiring staff can help, but doing so at the right moment becomes vital. When the business grows, the “boss” can’t always be a company of one. Hiring workers helps alleviate the workload, but the revenue stream has to be able to support paying employees. Bring on staff when it is financially tenable.

An attorney may assist a startup owner with many areas of business law. A lawyer could, for example, draw up and review various contracts. An attorney may file a lawsuit on behalf of a client or defend someone against one. A lawyer could provide advice that keeps a startup in compliance with local laws, too.