So how do you get your business running efficiently and successfully? Now is the time to focus your efforts and entrepreneurial spirit with the help of these tips.
Try to find that ‘aha!’ moments.
Oftentimes, entrepreneurs usually get inspirations for their business venture from the things around them. Netflix founder Reed Hastings got billed $40 for the late return of a rented movie. But he wasn’t mad about this; he was inspired by this situation. This event in his life led to the $40 billion dollar online DVD business. Most people complain about what is missing in their part of the world, but only a few individuals diligently look for opportunities.
Go and plan ahead.
So now that you have this business inspiration, do you still need a business plan? The answer is definitely, YES. According to a study conducted by the University of South Carolina, writing a business plan will more likely increase an entrepreneur’s chances of getting into business. If you are looking for funding resources from banks, federal grants or VCs, a business plan is a requirement. Try to keep the business plan around 20 to 40 pages.
Learn to value your business.
Unless startup funds are from your own pocket, someone should learn to value your company. Prepare for a reality check. If most investors will tell you that your business is worth one million dollars, then perhaps that is worth it. You can use sites like BizQuest and BizBuySell to know what firms are similar to yours.
Choose the right location.
Location will always equate to money. When it comes to the brick and mortar retail industry, location matters a lot. According to the founder of the Kahn Business Research Group, the best place for a business is to be near the competition. Being proximately close to your competitor will help you benefit from their own marketing efforts.
Find your target customers first.
The only reason and purpose why your company thrives is because of your customers. They do not only turn the revenue spigot, they also make your business idea legitimate. These people will provide you with valuable feedbacks that you can use for business improvement strategies.