Startup Businesses - January 14, 2012
Entrepreneurs must have a certain level of confidence and determination to succeed. Because entrepreneurs often start new business plans from scratch with minimal financial support or resources at their disposal, a strong sense of self-worth and belief in the project is key. A startup founder is the foundation of new concept, responsible for drafting the business proposal, branding the idea and defining its purpose in the marketplace. Any self-doubt or timidity to take risks should be addressed at the start, before time, energy and money are invested in a project an entrepreneur is not truly passionate about.
Not only does an entrepreneur have to truly believe in the project taken on, but he or she must also have the self-confidence to know how to turn an idea into profit. This requires extensive research into current market trends, competitors' offerings and cutting-edge IT solutions to drive efficiency while operating on a budget. It is the responsibility of the entrepreneur to figure out how the business idea fits into the current marketplace, what it offers to consumers, how that can be made known to the public and what its importance or significance is. To be taken seriously by lenders, investors, network contacts and clients, entrepreneurs must have in-depth knowledge of the industry they are entering to demonstrate an understanding of market needs, gaps and disparities. The more an entrepreneur is able to analyze industry behavior, the more partners and clients will feel confident working on the project.
To become an authority in an industry, entrepreneurs must study trends and patterns, noting how the market has evolved over time and what the figures may suggest for the future. Entrepreneurs will not generate support or resources if they enter a booming market late and do not bring any innovation to the status quo. Likewise, a product or service that is ahead of global trends may also miss the boat if its future potential is not properly translated to the appropriate audience. In demonstrating knowledge of the market itself, entrepreneurs will develop a strong reputation with colleagues and clients that can increase support immediately or with future projects.
In understanding a selected market inside and out, entrepreneurs will have a better sense of how the product or service being developed will fit into current trends, and in what ways it will address needs or problems. Every industry has room for innovation and growth, allowing new business ideas to blossom if properly developed. Entrepreneurs should work with experts and advanced technology to study how best to create and deploy the concept, as well as placing it in the proper market that offers the greatest earning potential and long-term sustainability. Selecting the wrong market could cause a startup to fail within a few months. By determining the appropriate industry in which the concept fits best, entrepreneurs will know how to pitch the idea to partners and consumers more effectively, proving its value to the community.
Having an authoritative voice and insight into a market can be translated to the consumer, driving sales and brand loyalty. When an entrepreneur feels confident in his or her knowledge of a market, consumers will feel confident in trusting the startup to provide a solution for common problems. Anyone can deliver a new product or service into a market, but consumers must decide which brands to trust and purchase from. By presenting an authoritative voice supported by research and insights, entrepreneurs can become a go-to source of industry information and increase sales.
To achieve authority in an industry, entrepreneurs can start by reading as much industry research as possible, as well as attend events held by organizations and industry experts. Networking with peers, engaging in panel discussions and asking questions will help entrepreneurs develop expertise while establishing a name in the industry. Competitors, potential partners and colleagues will remember having discussions with entrepreneurs and may call on them in the future for guidance on specific decisions. Creating symbiotic relationships with industry leaders will help entrepreneurs understand how best to build a startup in the industry, while presenting themselves to others as authorities on a topic.
After gaining a high level of understanding in a field, entrepreneurs can start sharing the information they have learned with the public in an authoritative tone. On company websites, entrepreneurs can write blogs and articles discussing the latest industry trends, patterns and future projections, or engage in conversations with peers analyzing the latest research. Founders can also submit articles to industry journals or news sites, offering first-hand accounts of a market on the ground level. The more often articles authored by an entrepreneur are shared, the faster he or she will be recognized as an authority in an industry and therefore trusted with startup ideas and support.
Once industry trends and behaviors have been addressed, insight and best practices for readers and consumers have been provided, entrepreneurs can start to explain how the business idea fits into the market. Consumers and partners will appreciate an entrepreneur sharing industry research in an easy-to-understand format. They will also respond favorably to an introduction of a startup's idea or concept in the context of the market research. When delivering industry information to the public, startup founders can explain how a product or service meets certain needs or fills gaps within an industry, and what benefits it will offer the consumer. A company will be better received in a competitive marketplace if it is able to place its defining characteristics and value in the context of industry issues. Make sure to identify unique characteristics of a business to help set it apart from competitors.