Tuesday 31 December 2013

How to Avoid Your Finance Startup Finding Finance Failure

When you are starting a finance company with little market share, there is always a chance that your business plan will fail. However, there are ways in which start ups can avoid the pit falls that are waiting for any new company. Here are four tips that will help you start off on the right foot with your business.

1. Avoid a Set Business Plan

Too many people believe that having a rigid business plan is the only way to succeed with a finance start up. That is a mistake. In fact, having a rigid business plan can be harmful, because it does not give you the leeway to be innovative with your solutions to problems. Finance startups succeed because they figure out a plan that works before they run out of money, not because their initial plan is better. Having the basis of a Plan A is very good, but you must be willing to adapt to circumstances.

2. Have a "Lean Canvas"

Instead of a set business plan, create a "lean canvas" around which you can build your finance start up. Write down the core components of your plan, the potential pitfalls to the plan, and a rough outline of the business model you wish to follow.
Identify what your potential client base is, and whether there are any partners that you will be looking to for assistance during your early days. When you visualize the problems that your business may run into, try and come up with at least two solutions for each problem. This gives you the options you need to be successful.

3. Offer a Service that is Wanted

Even in the finance world, there are services that will be more popular in your area than others. For example, if you are living in Omaha, Nebraska, perhaps the idea of a boutique investment bank is not going to be the most successful operation. On the other hand, a down-to-earth company that offers real investment advice to citizens would be a lot easier to sell. 

4. Market your Start Up Successfully

No matter what type of customers your company is targeting, you will get nowhere without a successful marketing campaign. Taking to the internet and social media is one place to start. Another avenue you may consider is creating promotional products. These products can be given out at local city/town events, and through social media contests. Here is a site that offers promotional products at great rates: 

As long as you are flexible in your business plan(s), and implement it with hard work and dedication, your business should have few problems in being successful.

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