Launching a start up? It doesn’t have to feel like scaling Everest

There’s a lot of talk nowadays about how the importance of entrepreneurship to rebuild the economy, and there are a lot of people out there with great ideas for setting up their own businesses.

But for everyone who succeeds in building a thriving business, there are far more who feel it’s like climbing a mountain and never reaching the top. To have half a chance of success with your start up, there are three key things that you need to consider:

1. Make sure your business is not based on just a good idea, but based on solving a problem or offering a service that people will value. You can have the best idea in the world, but if no-one is prepared to pay for it, your start up won’t be a success.

2. Make sure you, your business partners and the team are aligned on the mission, vision and values of your business, so you all know and agree on the purpose, aims and direction you want to take the business and most importantly on the timelines and time-horizons. There is no point deciding that you want to expand overseas within the next year if your partners priority is to consolidate your business here for the next five years.

3. Have persistence and tenacity and do not give up. It might feel like you’re climbing Everest, and it will take you twice or three times as long as you thought to reach your business goals, and you may have to deviate or alter your plan and your goals. But you’ll never get to the top if you stop trying.

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2 thoughts on “Launching a start up? It doesn’t have to feel like scaling Everest

    • Thank you John. You’re absolutely right: making sure you get paid, and ensuring you have good cash flow are vital not just for start ups but for every business. Thanks for the tip.