The most rewarding yet challenging part of what business consultants have learned from business owners is failing. It’s rewarding to see some startups are able to learn, adapt, and start again. Others simply have no choice but to count their losses. But, failing does not mean that your business is ultimately coming to an end. Instead, see it as an opportunity to learn about the hardships of being an owner and operating a business by taking in your mistakes and working around it.
We provide the foundation of your startup planning that is able to survive even the most unanticipated storms. However, there are some things you learn in business that no plan can cover. Here are the 4 ultimate tips that will save your startup
When it comes to brand messaging, clear and focused are the name of the game. From the very beginning (and every step of the way) it should be very clear who you are, what your brand represents, and what solution your business or service provides. Your brand message should be crystal clear and very specific. This is how you are going to lure investors and build brand loyalty among clients and customers.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short
Avoid handouts or doing things for free. This includes taking on cheap clients. It’s tempting to shake every hand that’s extended to you but some hands may yank down the value of your startup. Consider everything you’ve put into your startup planning. Unless you’ve scribbled “sell yourself short” into the fine print–don’t do it! Negotiate everything and never settle for less than you would accept a year from now.
Seek High- Value Investors
Seek investors and partners that offer more than just funding. Oftentimes, money can feel like the center of the startup planning universe. Yes, it’s important. No, it’s not everything. Funding will not mean your startup is successful. Value, however, is a different ballgame. The best things to consider when pursuing a high-value investor are:
Expertise – What is your investor’s background? If they weren’t investors would you consider hiring them? An investor who can offer skilled expertise applicable to your startup is more valuable than any blank check. Never be afraid to check in and ask questions. If you never allow yourself to wonder — the answer is always going to be ‘no’. There are people who have more experience and background in business, so it is smart to fill your friend group with those who have an understanding of this industry.
Network – Maybe your investor isn’t offering the loftiest amount of cash, but do they make up for it in who they know? Many times, who you know can make you an authority in your market quicker than anything else. Networking gives you the possibility for you to meet with others who share a similar interest, and those who have succeeded in the area you’re venturing into. They can help inspire you into using new ideas and tips to apply to your business.
Resources – When possible, pursue industry veterans who have the resources you need at their fingertips. If they really believe in you, they’ll be glad to share. When it comes to startup investors always go quality over quantity. Use the resources that are right at your fingertips. There are many possibilities for your business to bloom without you breaking the bank.
Adaptation & Change
Bargain Business Plan is in the business of planning, but we never undermine the importance of adaptability. Everything from trends to stocks can change at a moment’s notice. The sooner you realize nothing is guaranteed, the more liberty you will give yourself to create a business that not only survives change, it thrives amidst it.
How is any of this possible? It all starts with the right business plan for your startup. Bargain Business Plans are based on a specific brand focus, driven by clarity your startup Business Plan Writer will entice valuable investors and high paying customers. We also create plans that are flexible and anticipate changes in the road ahead. There is no generalization when it comes to the formulation with business plans — no two companies are the same, so it wouldn’t make sense to have a business plan that applies to other companies. It must be custom made as each business is individual.