“Ideas” do not change the world

Ideas are easy. It’s the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.” – Sue Grafton

We often hear that an idea can change the world. It’s true, it can. However, an idea alone does not mean anything. It’s the execution that really counts. Over the years, we have helped several startups and entrepreneurs right from the ideation phase to implementation. One thing, which we can confidently say, is without the power of execution, your ideas are as good as nothing. Our firm belief and our advice to all entrepreneurs is:

Execution is more important than Planning. Planning is more important than Ideas.

Logically, you cannot execute properly if you haven’t planned well and you cannot plan if you don’t have an idea. Although the entrepreneurial process begins with an idea, and is definitely considered the most important step but we must understand it’s just one of the steps in the overall process. Continue reading ““Ideas” do not change the world”

Identify whether you are an Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur

Motivational quotes, one-liners, videos and stories about entrepreneurship or lunching of a new venture are all across the globe, possibly to ignite fire in the belly of people with aspiration, new thoughts and ideas. In reality, aspiration and determination are not enough to be a successful entrepreneur, it takes a lot more than that.

Coming up with a unique or new idea is a great starting point, the execution of that idea is far more important. This has led to a growing number of “Wantrepreneurs” – people who initially show enthusiasm in identifying and discussing ideas, but at the end of the day fizzle off because they get overwhelmed with the required sustained commitment of executing their ideas.   Continue reading “Identify whether you are an Entrepreneur or Wantrepreneur”

Organic Growth Strategies for Start-ups

Every business should have a specific growth strategy in order to survive, progress and earn revenues. Businesses without growth strategies can be hit by unexpected adversity. A growth strategy can be organic or inorganic in nature. While usually acquisition strategies are undertaken by more mature businesses, investors typically look for organic growth numbers to review and evaluate the overall development of a new company.

Organic growth for a business is a balanced and step-by-step technique created through the utilization of its own resources, leading to a sustainable increase in sales and revenues.  It is also very important for an organization to maintain symmetry between the values created for customers and what employees add to an organization.

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Entrepreneur’s Road Map – Idea to Implementation

There are no shortcuts to success. The entrepreneurial journey is extremely difficult and challenging but if pursued with a plan, it enhances your chances of success. We at BPlanExperts.com help entrepreneurs to approach entrepreneurship with a structured approach.The board game format shown above constructs the start-up journey, with each block denoting a step closer to success. Want to play the entrepreneurship game? Let’s roll the dice.

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An Entrepreneur’s Dilemma- When to scale up your business

Over the years of our working with entrepreneurs, we have noticed that while there is generally a robust understanding about the start up process and funding requirements, things seem to taper down when it comes to scaling up of the business. While a valid argument is that entrepreneurs seldom get time to think about the “next-step”, in essence it is essential to plan for expansion early in the business life cycle. A robust business plan where key milestones and triggers are well defined goes a long way in supporting this process.

Typically, most start up enterprises goes through a series of crests and troughs, or simply put the good times and the not so good ones. It is by leveraging the former that a business owner can successfully survive through the latter. Theoretically this sounds brilliant, but from a business perspective what are the key “triggers of realization” that signify a need to expand and move to the next level.

Demand comes in phases leading to capacity bottlenecks – This is a something that most start up businesses face. The best case scenario is having a large or a couple of large corporates buying your products or services, which gives stability and a basic critical mass to the business. Unfortunately, that does not always happen and retail buying remains the basic market segment. Continue reading “An Entrepreneur’s Dilemma- When to scale up your business”

An entrepreneur’s three-step guide to operational sustainability

You have leveraged an outstanding business plan to acquire a round of funding. The venture looks really promising and as an entrepreneur, your million dollar business is all set to take shape. What else do you need, as all the hard work is done and the world is your oyster.

On one aspect, a lot has been achieved by you and is gratifying, but at an operational level the entrepreneur in you needs to bring in an additional dimension of a business leader to ensure that a fantastic idea gets implemented.  Being proactive rather than reactive is essential for driving a successful venture. Continue reading “An entrepreneur’s three-step guide to operational sustainability”