“A business will make money in a down market and collect it in an up market”
Running a business isn’t easy. Every day there are challenges, opportunities, tasks and issues that all contribute to where a business finds itself at any given time. To help get through the daily grind an entrepreneur will use business coaches, consultants, webinars, training sessions and many other tools to ensure they are building their business properly. While these tools are very helpful there are certain principles that an entrepreneur can follow to guide their efforts each day. One of those principles is understanding what your business is fundamentally trying to do each day – is it learning how to make money or is it collecting money and reinvesting the results? This may seem like a strange concept but your ability to understand it can have a profound change in how you approach the daily grind of your business.
What if your business never existed – would anyone care? What if you never took that idea you had and pursued it relentlessly to form a business that is now delivering value to the market? In listening to the first ever TWIST episode I was reminded that execution is arguably the only thing that matters if you are trying to start a new business or grow your existing business. As an entrepreneur or business owner if you are having trouble executing then it’s probably fair to say that you are either having trouble with your finances, managing your time or maybe both. Need some motivation to get focused again? Read on. Continue reading “Execution is everything and here’s proof”→
Tough times call for tough measures. Even if your company is the size of Microsoft the market can force your business to change overnight and the only option you have as a business owner is to decide: will our company acknowledge the changes and adjust or will our company ignore what is happening and stay the course. These are not easy decisions to make but the reward for choosing one or the other can lead to new opportunities.
Last week Microsoft announce a new holographic/virtual reality product called HoloLens (video here). If you follow the technology wearables market at all you are probably familiar with Google Glass or Oculus but you probably didn’t know that Microsoft was about to become a contender for eyeballs. In fact you may have not thought much about Microsoft who really hasn’t delivered many new ideas to the market in recent years. The HoloLens is a product that doesn’t utilize the same technology as its competitors but does cater to the same customer who will be seeking a virtual experience. It would seem that Microsoft may have found a new way to bring revenue in their front door and will be trying to get your attention. So what does this have to do with your business? Continue reading “Can your company pull off a HoloLens?”→
We all know that money doesn’t disappear it moves. Right now the price of oil is sinking which means that money is moving from one side of the market to the other. But what is the other side? If you follow the movement of money you will inevitably hit one spot along the way that cannot be missed – the consumer. With low energy prices consumers will have more disposable money to spend. This is a simplistic observation of a complicated shift in the market but does provide start-ups and growing businesses with something to talk about and respond to.
How is your business going to take advantage of consumers who have more cash?
Even a good business isn’t safe from competition or market forces – just ask GoPro. As an entrepreneur running a start-up or a business owner trying to grow a company you need to be prepared for what might be lurking in the economy or amongst those in your marketplace. In GoPro’s case they built a business around a great product and have experienced massive growth and market adoption – the goal of every business. Apple has filed a patent that might force some change at GoPro (read more here) similar to the type of change that is happening with businesses being impacted by the drop in oil prices. But there is a silver lining. Continue reading “What your business can learn from the GoPro stock price crash”→