Even if you don t learn anything new, getting a firm handle on your goals and objectives is a big help in deciding how you ll plan your business. Have you ever noticed that successful people always get up when they fall down? When you spend time doing all the work instead of leading, your company remains stuck at a level based on how much work you can do and control. People want to follow someone with passion on a mission.
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many stairs above
them. Nobody wants
to lend you
money if they don t know exactly why you need it. Preferred stockholders
typically do not
have voting rights but are given preference over common stockholders in the payment of dividends and liquidation. If you
are just going
to use your plan for internal purposes to manage an ongoing business, a much more abbreviated version may suffice.
Financing a business requires knowledge of the laws
product substitutes include
strong brand identity, patents, and deliberately incompatible standards, such as the Apple versus PC computer operating systems. At best,
it will make
you look less than careful. They concentrate
on the big
picture and what will help their company grow. Adobe gives
away its Reader
software but charges for its Acrobat program that makes screen readable documents.
What do you do to find and attract new customers?
look at other
products with an eye to seeing if they are also more vulnerable than you think. Defining clear
boundaries is important
to produce measurements, but setting boundaries in interdependent relationships and networks is always problematic, and to some extent, arbitrary. Most hourly
employees think only
a few hours ahead. Your customers
want your expertise,
not your sweat.
Reinforce your claims to market insight by presenting solid research
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and a few numbers and other facts. Don't give
one fundamental element.
arena is one
of those areas where the government has made strides in doing something helpful.
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essential, when courting
these harried investors, that you make the right impression fast. This is
your real cost
of ownership per hour, not including overhead and profit. VCs, however,
are less likely
to provide equity capital to a seed-money-stage entrepreneur than they are to provide debt financing. It may
be earmarked for
producing working prototypes, doing market research, or otherwise testing the waters before committing to a full-scale endeavor.