17
Apr

Are You Still Missing Out on Opportunities?

Do you wish you can set your own hours, with enough money and time to do what you want? There have never been so many opportunities to start and build a successful [tag]business[/tag] than there are today. Many businesses spring forth everyday. You do not have to look too far.  Someone in your street is starting something even though it may be on a small scale. What are you waiting? The opportunities for finding or developing a new [tag]business idea[/tag] are all around you, and with proper preparation, the possibilities for your success are enormous.

You may be wondering why you should start a business when the chance that it will succeed is very low. You may even have just experienced a business failure. But is this enough reason for you to suspend your dreams? 80  or 90 percent of new businesses may fail in the first three years but this does not necessary mean that yours will fail. Businesses fail due to a number of factors.

One of these being managerial incompetence. Most businesses have a great product or service but what happens if the owner is unable to sell the product or can’t control its costs or both. The result is definitely failure. One way of avoiding this is to go for knowledge. Buy and read the books on business management. You may also need to attend seminars organised by successful business men. By doing this, you are learning from their experience and saving yourself a lot of future headache.

Some other businesses fail because a wrong product or service is being offered at the wrong price to the wrong market at the wrong time. It may also be a combination all of these. Imagine starting a business selling house heaters in the West Africa? You definitely know the result. In this case, even the best marketing efforts and cost controls won’t help you. So, you need to have a clear understanding of your market and its needs. It is only after this that you will be able deliver service or product that will be highly sought after.

When thinking of starting a business, you need to determine that your service or product will be filling a genuine and existing need and that it will solve a problem of some kind for the customer. Your focus might just be to make the life or work of the customer better in some way. You have to be very clear about this. For instance, Amazon.com created a niche market for itself by helping its customers to get the books they want at an affordable price any time. Ebay.com tries to connect buyers with sellers online.

You too can do the same. You don’t necessary have to be the amazon or ebay of today but you can start meeting the needs of those people around your local community. Be willing to start small and then grow your business with time. If you are thinking of businesses to start with little or no capital, you may have to look at my previous post on this. I am sure you will be able to identify one or two that you may be able to start today. Are Remain committed to your dreams and follow through with actions.