Entrepreneurship is quite possibly the epitome of the American Dream. The allure of independence, success, and controlling your own destiny is strong; but despite what many think, there’s more to being a successful startup than simply “rolling up your sleeves.” When they’re successful, startups have an amazing impact – not only on their owners, but their communities – but getting there’s easier said than done.
According to the Harvard Business Review, roughly three out of ever four startups crashes and burns, leaving many of us to wonder: what makes for a successful startup? What can I do to ensure that my startup takes off? Where do startups go wrong? While there’s no “one right answer,” or magic wand to make it all work out, there are definitely some essential tips you can’t afford to ignore.
Understand Your Niche
You’re not going to go toe-to-toe with a retail giant right out of the gate. Even the mighty Amazon got its start by finding a niche – selling books online, in a time when that wasn’t really done – and making it their own. You’re not going to be everything to every customer, but if you identify something that isn’t already being done, and do it well, you’ve set your company up for success.
Embrace Risks, and Allow Yourself to Fail
The fear of failure kills a lot of great ideas before they get off the ground. Be sensible about it, but don’t let the fear of failure cripple you. Not every idea is going to be a home run, but if you don’t occasionally swing for the fences, none of them will.
Stay Ahead of Your Finances
When you’re first getting started, there’s no accounting department; everything’s on you. Being on top of your budget isn’t the sexiest part of entrepreneurship, but it might be the most vital; you need to account for every last cent. You’re probably overlooking aspects of your budget, so be sure to account for both property and people costs when making moves.
Set a budget, and hold to it. Don’t fall into the trap of assuming a profit is just around the corner. Be smart, and nimble, and you can keep your costs low – which you’ll have to if you want to succeed.
It should go without saying, but it doesn’t, so here it is; if you need a license, get it before you open up shop. Don’t skirt the law, don’t assume you won’t get caught, don’t assume that the fines are the only risk; in a world full of charlatans, if you seem shady, people will get spooked.
Build Something Worth Being a Part of
Let’s be honest; when you’re bringing people into a startup, you’re asking them to place a bet on you; it’s a gamble. So how do the professionals – casinos – handle that?
They make people feel good about it.
Startups provide a great opportunity to do real, hands-on work; that’s compelling, and can be addictive to your staff. But if you’re stressed about finances, and constantly a nervous wreck, they’ll start to lose faith.
Bottom line; you get one chance to create your company culture. Make it something you’d want to be a part of.
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