3 Brilliant Things Smart Entrepreneurs do differently

If you are just starting out

Or your business has been around but it’s struggling

This article is for you.


If you keep on doing the same thing

And you keep getting the same result

Then you need to change

If you want to get a different result


Old business school teaches entrepreneurs to come up with business ideas

Then to write business plans to apply for funding

With the money in their bank accounts, to then hire people and implement their business plans.

The problem with this approach is that you make too many assumptions

And the other word for assumptions is guesses

You must guess you know your customers

But you have not sold a single product to those people

You must guess your product is solving a real customer problem

But you can only be sure your product is solving a real problem when customers actually buy the product

You must assume you know your channels, how you are going to get your product in your customers’ hands

The problem is that you are only a startup

And a startup knows very little about its customers, its channels, its partners.


If you are a welder, and you decide to follow your passion and make security gates

You assume homeowners are going to love your product, because you believe your product is the best thing in the market

You write your business plan and submit it to funders.

They give you the money and you rent your new workshop & sign a 5 year lease

You buy welding machines tools and the materials that you will need

You start making security gates

Opening day arrives, and you open your doors for business

No one comes. Or if they come, they leave without buying a thing

Month end is coming and workers must be paid

The bank wants its instalment, rent must be paid.

That is big trouble.


Enter the new school of starting businesses.

You still start with a business idea, however, instead of writing a business plan, you build or make the product on a small scale.

It’s called a prototype. It is the best example of your product

It could be a security gate, confectionery, bio fuel, it could be anything.

The same goes for services too, you just need to be a little creative.

Use the little money you have to make a prototype of your product

Put a price on the product, show it to your customers.

Listen to their feedback, see how they react

The best feedback is when people vote with their wallets.

If they are buying, then you have hit the jackpot.

You have just found a way of making money with your idea.

And this is what every startup should be doing, looking for a consistent way to make money with their ideas.

When this happens, you are ready for funding. Funders will fight over you.

This is the right time to build your bankable business plan.


This is what successful startups do differently.

They focus on getting their first customer.

They focus on a few people and use their feedback to make better products.

It is easier to build something that 10 people love, than to build something that the whole neighbourhood loves.

If you can delight 10 customers with your product, it will be easier to delight 20, 40, 80, 160 and so on.

Before you realise it, the whole neighbourhood will be eating out of your hand.


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