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The Impact of the Internet on Your Business
The former chairman of General Electric states rightfully so that the internet “is the single most important event in the U.S. economy since the Industrial Revolution”. The internet obviously changes everything to do with business across the globe. The question is always whether or not you are onboard to take advantage of all that it has to offer.
Almost every start-up wants to know how to maximize their results for free. In the beginning all of the smaller companies need to start developing their concepts and platform without paying fees. In fact, a lot of persons with great ideas and concepts need to go the free route in the beginning. In 25 years of business management, I know that most companies are strapped to the week by week earnings cycle. This is why I have become passionate about assisting people who need capital to get a jump-start. This is par for the course. Do not ever feel bad about having a great idea but not enough capital. Even Microsoft had to get money before they ever began to take off.
The internet has grown a lot faster than other technologies like television and radio. The internet reached over 50 million users in less than 5 years. The tech sector has not always had its day in the sun. The bubble burst in the markets and caused an overall slump in the economy. One reason is because too many people were jumping in at the top of the market and caused the bubble to rise and implode. All I can tell you is that “what goes up must come down.” You have got to establish value and it is never good to speculate in the unknown.
Alan Greenspan stated and warned “irrational exuberance” might lead to unwise investments and economic trouble. Then in 2000 and 2001 what happened? The bubble burst. The dot-com stocks were tremendously over-capitalized and could not sustain price levels. Do not ever chase stocks and buy at the top. Anytime you try to chase a stock, you risk helping somebody else exit their positions so they can make a handsome profit. What about you? You must protect your own assets. You cannot help other persons to make profits when the main objective is to increase your assets. Look out for yourself.
The era of the internet is anything but a fluke. There are not very many businesses still left that can do without it. In today’s business environment, managers must take into consideration more when making strategic decisions. Internet users are able to communicate business to business faster, smarter and cheaper than ever before. On a worldwide scale, all business persons should think in terms of integrating the internet into their strategies for management.
Something else that must be considered is that the internet offers a lot more entrants to the market because it allows for the barriers of entry to be reduced. A lot of people are trying to go into business with only their website, and then become concerned that nobody is visiting. In addition, they become even more concerned when they come up empty without anybody becoming a paying customer. It does not work that way and even though the path the internet provides is easier, it is not free. Please take the time to research your plan of action prior to launching your start-up. As a business person with over 25 years of experience, please note that something will typically break to put you on the map. It never happens just magically by itself.
Best of funding Success,
Written for Capital Matchpoint by Edward E. Cambas
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Young companies have small margins for error. Mistakes made early on can sink a company before its gets off the ground. Below is a list of 10 common mistakes made by young, small companies. In the list below, I use the generic term “product” to refer to either a product or a service.
Over the next few posts, I will expound on these ideas; for now, here is the list :
“Drinking Your Own Kool-Aid” – Overestimating the Enthusiasm for Your Product/Service – thinking your product is more special than your customers perceive.
Not Validating Market Demand – thinking that your product is a “winner” before making sure you get a solid base of people who agree
Starting to Work with Customers Too Late – only engaging with customers when the product is ready for sale.
Underestimating the Difficulty in Penetrating the Market – not expending enough effort to reach customers and to get them to try the product.
Overestimating the Product’s Uniqueness – related to “drinking your own Kool-Aid” this refers to not taking competition into account, where competition can be another product or service, or whatever customers are using today.
Underestimating the Effort Needed to Build the Product – promising to get to market before you can actually finish the product.
Hiring the Wrong Kind of People – hiring “big-company types” who are used to having a support staff to help them do their work.
Not Focusing – being tempted by side projects and spreading yourself too thin to focus on developing your company’s main value proposition
Not Pricing Correctly – under or over-pricing the product may inhibit adoption.
Not Having a Long-term Vision That Scales –having a “one-trick pony” that does not lead to future sales
In the entrepreneurial spirit of “under-promise and over-deliver,” here are two more mistakes young companies make:
Never Finishing the Product – the “never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over” syndrome. Constantly redo-ing the product but never finishing it.
Not Offering Employees Enough Fun – sadly, a common quality of many startups – despite what you read in the pubs.
Disclaimer – as the veteran of six startup companies (two that were successfully sold), these are mistakes I have seen time and again. If you have some additional ideas, feel free to comment.
Starting a business can be very tough. The hardest part is usually ensuring you either have enough funding to sustain your way through, or even any funding available at all which you can access in the very beginning. There is always going to be many obstacles in your way, and the first step is to have enough money to get through the initial phases. This is a time when revenue is almost always less than expected or in some cases non-existent.
So what happens if you have a great idea for a business, but you do not have the funds to launch your startup?Does this mean to give up before you start? No. You can look to angel investor funding to get the company up and running. The key is to know where to find it and how to pitch your concept successfully to capture their attention. In addition you will have to be very thorough, readily available, and be very strong with your follow through.
An angel investor is usually an affluent individual who provides capital for a business startup, and in return they usually get convertible debt or ownership equity. Some of the angels organize themselves in groups so they can pool their resources occasionally and also they can investigate the possible opportunities together.As you might imagine, being part of the angel group or association allows for very valuable teamwork and knowledge sharing. It is always nice to have support from your peers who have insight and experience in the same arena as yourself.
A lot of angels are small business owners who have made their own way in the business world. Many have established and ongoing concerns and are simply looking at the strong potential for a large return on some of the deals they are proposed. There are a lot of great companies and ideas out there that are only missing proper funding. A lot of the major corporations doing business today would not have ever made it without the startup capital which they received. In addition, many of these investors help with some of the business plans, strategies, or in some cases even ongoing consulting.
There is a lot of risk involved when an angel gets involved with a company and puts up capital. That is one of the reasons that the return on investment is substantial in many cases. That might seem like an expensive way to fund your business, however, it might be worth it in the long run. You really have to explore all of your options, but not a lot of startup companies have that many traditional options available to consider. If you are passionate about your concept, be willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Bank loans may be extremely hard and almost impossible to win approval for startup companies. If there is no track record or any revenue for the banker to review, your likelihood of getting a traditional loan is almost non-existent. You might be able to put up collateral like a home in order to get approval, but this has its own set of problems that are associated with it. Just be sure to always at least evaluate carefully all avenues before making a final decision.
One of the first steps in the process is to calculate what your capital needs are and to have a very professional business plan in place. In most cases, angel investors will consider deals of $100,000 or more. It is just as easy for an angel investor to evaluate a large deal of even one million or more as it is to evaluate $25,000. They would rather see a larger return on the larger amount invested. In addition, be ready to go through a very rigorous screening process because the investor will require plenty of info and due diligence. Another thing is be ready to keep the investor properly informed and updated once the business is running. Your reporting should be flawless, documented, and should include projections.
Angel investors are great for getting businesses up and running. It may seem like a lot to give up in the beginning, but compared with not starting up at all it’s definitely worth it, plus the motivation and mentoring they can provide could ultimately be the difference between success and failure. Microsoft never would have come to fruition without some assistance in the beginning. Do your homework and carefully review any documents or agreements which are proposed.
Best of Funding Success,
Written by Edward E. Cambas – Capital Matchpoint
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