You may have been dreaming about starting your own business for months or even years. Maybe you have the perfect idea, but you are not sure if the timing is right.

It is difficult to tell when the right time is to take the leap into entrepreneurship, but according to a recent Forbes article, there are three signs to look for.

If the following signs describe your situation, you are likely ready to start your business:

  • You are unhappy with your current situation and are willing to change it.
  • You have lost interest in your job and can afford the financial risk associated with stepping away from it.
  • You have identified a gap in the market and have come up with a way to fill it.

If those three signs describe you, you may want to take the first steps toward creating your own business. In the earliest stages of entrepreneurship, before you even create a business plan, it is important to refine your idea. To do this, you must be able to answer several critical questions about your potential business.

  • What is your product or service?
  • Who are your potential customers and potential competitors?
  • What you want out of the business and what does success for that business look like to you?

Early on, you may also want to reach out to loved ones for support in your venture. Your success as an entrepreneur may depend on the supportive role your family takes. Maybe your spouse agrees to pick up the kids when you work late, or maybe your parents want to contribute to your start-up fund. You might also be able to refine your idea based on feedback from family members who might have a different perspective than you.

When you are sure your idea is refined and you have your support system in place, you will be ready to take on the next steps for starting a business, including making a business plan, assessing your finances, determining your legal business structure and more. Running a business can be a thrilling and rewarding experience if it is well-planned and you are bold enough to get it started.