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Business Startup Cheat Sheet

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Learn the fastest and easiest wat to start your own business with The Business Startup Cheat Sheet. It contains some of the biggest business startup hacks.

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Business Startup Cheat Sheet

  1. 1. How To Get Funding For Your Startup Business Startup Cheat Sheet
  2. 2. Business Success Formula If you are trying to start your own business you need to take notice of the statistics. 80% of startups fail. Should you be put off by this? Hell no! Most of the 80% failed before they started. They didn’t set their business up in the right way from the beginning so failure was almost inevitable. When you are starting your business, it makes sense for you to start it the right way. Most successful businesses follow a system very similar to the one below. PM + (PS) * (OE - (C+E+P)) = Successful Business Let me explain It is a prerequisite to have a Sustainable & Profitable Market (PM) and a Product/Service (PS) that satisfies the needs and/or wants of the Profitable Market. Business success is dependent on your Product/Service firstly being noticed by the Profitable Market and then selling enough your Product/Service to have enough Cash or Fuel (F) to repeat the process. This is called the Engine (E) of your business. The more efficient the Engine is, the more profits you make. This is called Engine Optimization (OE). So now you know what you should aim for, you need to set your business up in the right way to ensure it's both profitable and sustainable. Using the Business Success Formula let’s explore some of the easiest and most effective business startup tips to ensure you will be start your business in the right way. Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015 Page 2
  3. 3. Start A Business People Want The biggest mistake that people make when they start their own business is they start the business THEY want. That’s great if you want to follow your dream but you may fall into difficulties if nobody else understands or is interested in your business. From the moment you launch your business depends on how your customers think about your product. ● Do they know about it? ● Do they like it? ● Will they buy more? ● Will they recommend it to their friends? Many of the owners of failed startups did not reach out to their target market. They pursued their dream without assessing customer opinion. An even better solution would be to find a profitable market, learn all about it and THEN build a product that fits their needs exactly. Page 3Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  4. 4. Profitable & Sustainable Market You may have a wonderful skill or produce a great product but if the only people interested in it are your friends, family and people you know it’s likely the market is not big enough for you to create a sustainable business. Serving this market part-time (as a hobby) or even for a short period (over summer or christmas) is fine. However if you are trying to start a business that will be around for the next 5+ years then you must choose a sustainable market. A sustainable market is one where there will be consistent demand for your product/service. A sustainable market must also be profitable and attainable. A profitable market is a market where there enough buyers who can afford your product/service An attainable market is a market you can realistically reach with your available resources and compete with existing businesses. With all that being said, you do not have to appeal to the mass market. One of the biggest advantages startups have over large businesses is their ability to focus and capitalize on niche markets. A niche is best explained a sub-market within a market. The internet and global shipping have transformed how you can serve a niche market. What you consider a local niche with only a few thousand people can become a “Global Niche” connecting you with potentially hundreds of thousands of people. Page 4Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  5. 5. Test The Market Before you fully launch your business, test and find out if you actually have a viable business by launching a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Instead of just selling your items, question your customers. Find out what they like about your product, what features they would like to see. Use this information to build a customer centric product that provides value to your target market. Page 5 Fail Fast, Don’t Die Slow Wouldn't you prefer to know if something doesn't work within a couple of weeks rather than it taking years? Many entrepreneurs have multiple business ideas. Commit to one idea at a time and fully test and document the results to determine success or failure. If it doesn't succeed move on while you still can and put the past mistakes behind you. Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  6. 6. “Free” Works The “Power” of free is dominating the digital economy. It has revolutionised the music and literacy industries. You must be prepared to give something away for free to gain new customers. This is applicable with any industry, there is too much choice for consumers, you have to draw people to your business. Giving something valuable away for free is the most powerful way of doing this. Page 6 Assess Funding Options Don’t go into the funding cycle with any preconceived ideas. Not every business will become an overnight success and will attract interest from a Venture Capital Firm. If you need large sums of capital to launch your venture, go back to the drawing board. Find a starting point instead of an end point. Scale down pricey plans and grandiose expenditures.  Simplify the idea until it's manageable as an early stage venture. Prove your business model on a shoestring budget. Show your worth before seeking investment. If your concept is successful, your chances of raising capital from investors will dramatically improve. Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  7. 7. Start Lean The Fuel for the Engine is Cash. Without it you cannot get your product in front of your target market for them to buy it. Spend your money wisely and make sure the money you spend adds customer value and/or sales. Forget about fancy offices, fast cars and fat expense accounts. Your wallet is your company's lifeblood. Find out exactly what your customers want and value most and concentrate on this. Anything that doesn't provide value to the customer is waste and should be eliminated. Page 6 Keep Business Plan Up To Date The root cause why 80% of startups fail is because they did not plan properly. Bad planning affects every part of your business. Ensure you research your market and competition thoroughly and map out your strategy using this information. Keep your business plan up to date by entering actual information against your plan then revising your targets. Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  8. 8. Conclusion If you start your business using the business success formula as a guide path and follow the seven simple tips in this cheat sheet. There are three main things to remember. The size and attainability of the market is important for the potential of your business. How well you serve this market determines your success. The engine of your business has to be optimised to generate profits. Page 7Business Startup Cheat Sheet Copyright SGI Consultants Ltd | 2015
  9. 9. We help entrepreneurs to start, grow & improve their business. From developing your idea to rapid scale-up; We’ll make starting your own business easy, fast and successful. Book A Free Consultation & Find Out How We Can Help You here Get In Touch Hello@startgrowimprove.com https://www.facebook.com/startgrowimprove https://twitter.com/sgi_consultants +4420-7193-6584

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