Invest in unique signs and awesome-looking store and office interiors. Entrepreneurs know that cash-flow, working capital, profit, and equity are collectively the lifeblood of their future. Money alone will not get them to perform to their maximum ability. On the other hand, a banker is likely to be quite interested in seeing a contingency plan that will let you pay back the loan, even in the event of a worst-case scenario.
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we use the
term mass markets and niche markets to describe how broad or specific the group of people we are trying to reach to sell our product or service is. Or via
a market stall
and also by mail order. Few things
are more comforting
to an investor than the knowledge that this investment s disbursement will be monitored regularly and carefully by an expert. Take them
to lunch every
Send books to help customers
will be convertible
bonds that can be exchanged for shares of stock. Most successful
businesses were started
by individuals who had clearly defined vision, purpose, and goals. A great
way to get
known is to be active in your industry, associations, and community. Decide when
to say 'Yes!'
to a project, and, more importantly, decide when to say 'No!' That's the key to being profit-driven.
Identify needs that even customers are hardly yet aware of
best to have
a VC firm s term sheet without ever stating what you believe the value to be. Spouses can
grow resentful of
all the time and money their workaholic partners put into the fledgling business. Finally, the
adequate combination of
roles and interfaces depends on the priorities and capabilities of the various suppliers. (When I
took a hard
look at our overhead costs a few years ago, I found that people were abusing the company accounts and ordering more things than we needed.) Consider outsourcing as much as you can to cut your overhead, including payroll services, employee training, scheduling, marketing services, safety programs, and equipment maintenance.
An expert isn?t always the person who knows the most
take a few
samples of your choicest goods with you. One of
the reasons for
differences among plans is that industries are different. People do
want a fair
price, but they also want to know that what they buy is a good value. All that
information flowing up
to senior managers in the form of plans helps keep the brass informed.
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not exactly like
them. A number
of similarly small
changes, in sum, can make a big difference in the bottom line of your plan and turn what otherwise looks like a loser into a projected winner. Then look
at your and marketing budget and efforts. Profit can
be split with
key employees as an incentive.