What does it take to succeed in the world of business? Here are some pieces of advice from the experts.
- Focus. Most of the neophyte entrepreneurs feel that they need to grab every opportunity that they come across with. You should take note that opportunities are like wolves in sheep’s clothing. You should avoid being side tracked. If you juggle into different ventures, this will spread and limit your productivity and effectiveness. You need to do one thing perfectly and not several things but poorly. If you feel that there is a need to proceed to another project, this might mean that there is something wrong with your original concept.
- Know what you want to do and do what you know. Do not start a business just because it seems sexy or that it boasts large hypothetical profit returns and margins. You should do what you love. Businesses which are built around your talents and strengths will have a greater chance of being successful. It is not just important to create profitable businesses but it is also very important that you are happy in growing and managing the business on a daily basis.
- Say in within 30 seconds or do not say anything at all. Form a chance encounter with a curious customer to an interested investor, you need to be ready to explain and pitch in your business proposal. You need to state your mission, goals and service in a very concise and clear manner. You should fit the pitch to the person and keep in mind that less will always be more.
- Act like a startup. You need to forget about fancy fast cards, offices as well as fat expense accounts. The life blood of your company is your wallet. You need to perfect the art of frugality and patience. Watch every dollar expense and account every bit of it. Maintain low overhead and effectively manage your cash flow.
- Learn under fire. There are no business plans and business books which can predict the future or which will fully prepare one to become a very successful entrepreneur. Whether you are into retailing silk ribbon or car parts, there really is no such thing as the perfect plan.