Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Is a Pandemic the Right Time to Start a Business? It Just Might Be.


As millions of businesses shut their doors and sent their workforces home during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many wondered what they would do with their copious amounts of new free time. "Pandemic Bucket Lists" quickly became a viral internet meme, with many sharing the personal development goals they hoped to achieve in their free time:


     Run a backyard marathon.

     Learn how to bake sourdough.

     Write the next great American novel

     Finish an online degree.


Unlikely to make that list of pandemic bucket lists is "start a new business." From the startup costs and massive amounts of energy required to launch a company, starting something new in the best economic conditions can be hard enough. Throw into the mix a global pandemic that has the power to shut down national economies, and the idea of starting a new business can seem far-fetched… if not downright insane.

Yet, history has shown us time and again that some of the most significant innovations in business and culture occurred during times of massive disruption. For entrepreneurs who dare to take a step forward instead of back, these economic upheaval moments can create avenues for new opportunities. Sure, some ideas may flop before they get off the ground. The ones that do work have the potential to change the business landscape forever.


So You Want To Start A Business?

The pandemic has given many would-be entrepreneurs to put themselves in the first shoes of great innovators such as Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos. However, just because you have an excellent idea for a service or product that could come in handy during this time of great need, make sure you consider the following tips before you hop online and purchase


Define Your Unique Value Proposition (UVP)

The first step in launching your business is defining what you are offering the world. Take a look at your product and service, and consider what unique value it brings to the market. This will be regarded as your unique value proposition - what sets you apart from the rest of the market. Do some research online for other versions of your business idea and note whether or not the market is already saturated with your product.

The last thing you need is your brand new business venture falling below the noise of countless copycats- especially if your business is going to rely on online digital marketing to get off the ground.


Do Some Research On The Startup Process & Experience

Think of your model entrepreneur who hit it big with an industry-breaking innovation. While their story is likely filled with success and fame, they probably didn't start at the top. Behind every great business idea are countless failed attempts and sleepless nights.

The process of launching a new business in today's competitive market is not for the faint of heart. It will require you to put in the work - often physically - to help put your name and brand in front of your future customers. You will likely fail - which can be a great thing if you know how to fail well!

The best step in ensuring you succeed in your launch phase is to build a strong foundation of support. Find individuals who support you and your vision, and will be your strongest cheerleaders. The market is full of cynical critics - drown them out with a strong startup team's support.


Run A Systems Check On Your Leadership Abilities

What was your job before setting out on your own? Were you at the bottom of the rung, or were you wasting away in middle management? The pandemic shutdown might have been the catalyst you needed to break free of the chains of having little influence. However, leading a new business as the founder and CEO is no walk in the park!

Make sure that you read, interview, and study the great business leaders of the past. Heading up a department or a small team is one thing. Ask questions about their leadership tactics, their team-building methods, and their work-life balance. By finding a tribe of mentors to help you grow your leadership skills, you will set your new business up for success with a strong foundation of confidence and credibility. This will be vital for building a healthy team and a strong brand reputation.


Start Your Business For The Right Reasons

It may be tempting to start a new business simply because the current job market is difficult. With high unemployment numbers and increasing anxiety about the future of the economy, it is easy to see why so many are considering now as the best time for something new. However, before you throw your life into a new venture, make sure you are starting something for the right reasons.

What are the "right reasons"? Part of that answer depends on how you respond to the above tips. If you are simply frustrated with your current situation and are looking for something new for your nine to five, then the leadership and management needed to start a new business might not be right for you.

However, suppose you are driven by a passion for bringing a new idea or innovation to the market or are desiring to see a need met where none have answered before. In that case, you will find that you have the drive necessary to push forward against the obstacles that a pandemic economy can bring to a new business.


Ready To Start A New Business In The Pandemic Economy?


So what do you think? Do you have what it takes to step out in faith and start something new when the world is pulling back? For those with the entrepreneurial edge, the opportunity to enjoy success where others are withdrawing from the market is everywhere.

By taking the time to consider your aspirations, your current situation, and what you want to bring to the world, you may find yourself looking at a brand new life. If your idea catches in the winds of pandemic-led change, enjoy the ride. If not, pick yourself, dust yourself off, and get started on your next idea!

Get started! Register a business online or get incorporated in Canada! 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Covid-19: A Catalyst for Entrepreneurship


The moment we are in is truly unprecedented. Then again, we’ve been here before. Across the pages of history are chapters written with stories of global upheaval and unexpected crises that forced the world to change its course in unexpected ways. Heroes and villains emerge on both ends. Inefficient ways of living and doing business fade, replaced by new innovations and inventions that change the global landscape.

Every global crisis gives rise to new opportunities for individuals who are bold enough to seize the moment and introduce new solutions for unique problems.

 Consider the global market crash of 2008. While many businesses closed their doors for good and individuals lost their life savings through plunging stock prices, some entrepreneurs rose above the dust and gave the world innovations that are considered commonplace today. Wildly successful companies such as Uber and AirBnB were launched following what many - until 2020 - considered one of the worst economic downturns in history.

 The novel coronavirus pandemic is no different. COVID-19 has a remarkable ability to bring the entire global economic system to a shuddering halt, yet the past few months have shown the resiliency of both humanity and the market. Many businesses are now reemerging from the global shutdown nobody expected - and some are rising up stronger than ever.

 In navigating crisis, businesses have played a vital role in helping communities work their way through the economic rubble caused by global upheaval. At the head of those businesses who shine in emergencies are courageous and bold entrepreneurs who seized the moment and saw the crisis as a catalyst for cultural and market change.

The Power of Pandemics To Shape Innovation

Unfortunately, many businesses and brands have felt the stab of COVID-19’s total economic shutdown. For those who were unable or unwilling to innovate their practices to meet the needs of individuals stuck at home, their death was almost guaranteed as the weeks of shutdown turned into months.

Yet amid the seismic changes in the market, some industries took advantage of the opportunity to get creative with their services to meet the new need. Grocery stores turned to delivery services to send products to consumers through online ordering. Restaurants moved from dining service to curbside and contactless delivery, allowing for greater convenience for consumers and jobs for employees. Distilleries turned their operations into sanitizer manufacturing and carmakers began to build life-saving ventilators.

For entrepreneurs who have an eye on the changing needs of the world, changing their operations to reach a unique need born of crisis can make all the difference. Not only do these businesses see increased relevance in the market, but many begin to thrive as the community responds to their increased service availability.

A Case Study: Digital Education

An entrepreneurial catalyst that has already emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic is the market for digital educational tools. As schools struggle to form reopening policies, education systems are becoming increasingly dependent on technological solutions such as Zoom and Google Hangouts to offer digital classrooms for students.

In answer to the sudden need for digital learning, businesses that offer new innovations in this market have incredible opportunities to shape the industry moving forward. Not only are schools searching for learning apps solutions, but parents are eager to provide their children with entertainment options that encourage positive engagement.

In a similar way, online gaming apps have become a catalyst for entrepreneurial opportunity during COVID-19 as well.

How Will You Take Advantage Of This Entrepreneurial Moment?

After the tidal wave of COVID-19 abates, it will be the strong, bold entrepreneurs who will be given the unique opportunity to direct how the economy recovers, and in what new directions the world moves. As an entrepreneur, how will you respond to the catalyst that the COVID-19 pandemic is offering in this unique moment of an economic restart? Will you implement strategies that you have developed to address the concerns that COVID-19 revealed, or will you return to the same old habits? (Hint: You won’t survive long looking back to the way things used to be!)

Get started! Register a business online or get incorporated in Canada!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

How To Emerge As A Successful New Entrepreneur During A Global Pandemic



Across the globe, nations are reopening the economies after the initial wave of shutdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has been a “black swan” disruption event for global economies - forcing business owners to reevaluate how they manage, lead, and drive change in a crisis.

As businesses slowly begin to reopen their doors and start welcoming customers back, a new class of pandemic-hardened entrepreneurs is emerging from the dust. As some business owners focus on how to help their firms and companies recover from a market-shifting shutdown, real entrepreneurs are putting in the time to develop the skills necessary to emerge more successful and competitive than ever.

The Pandemic-Led Entrepreneurial Advantage

Common sense would try and tell you that events such as a global pandemic would be a death sentence for most entrepreneurs. Yet history has shown us that creative and crafty entrepreneurs can pivot and adapt to the winds of change even during the worst economic moments.

The pandemic has already altered the market landscape forever. But for those who have been paying close attention to consumer trends, the landscape has already been in flux. In business operations, three significant elements have been driving businesses forward:

     Seismic Shifts in Market Globalization

     The Increase Of Knowledge Work

     Increased Technology Solutions For Automation

Simultaneously, consumer demographic behaviors are also changing, as Millenials and Gen Z continues to emerge into yet another financial upheaval in their history. As an entrepreneur and business owner, these consumers will be looking for companies to support that have their interests at heart. 

With these ideas in mind, here are four tips for emerging from the pandemic as an entrepreneur with a competitive edge:

Locate & Dominate A New Market

The shutdown of the entire economy has thrown the whole system into disarray. Companies that were thriving on December 31, 2019, may no longer hold influence in September 2020. Many of those market leaders may no longer exist, as the virus has quickly snuffed out their business.

As an entrepreneur, you have a unique opportunity to rise in the place of companies or brands that have lost their control on a particular market. See a need that others are failing to meet? Step up and create a solution, and you will quickly take your place as an industry leader in no time.

Increase Your Brand’s Reputation

When it comes to successful branding, there is always a bit of mystery involved in going viral. However, the pandemic economy has created the perfect conditions for rising above the noise of other brands struggling to adapt.

Take the time to build your brand’s reputation during this short period of pause, and when the world reemerges, you will find yourself ready to invite new customers into your business. Start creating connections with clients now, and you can watch your brand recognition soar post-pandemic.

Introduce A New Technological Solution

Have you had a great idea in your incubator, but no chance to introduce it to the world? The pandemic has allowed many entrepreneurs an empty stage for introducing their next great technological solution. Disruptions such as global pandemics can help bring to light solutions to problems that have only recently arrived. Consider the popularity of ride-sharing-turned-food-delivery.

By merely switching services to adapt to the changing market need, an entrepreneur can create a winning product where no opportunity was before. Get creative - the most world-changing technological advances were birthed from economic shutdowns!

Boost Customer Loyalty

As the market changes, one element remains the same: customer loyalty and appreciation hold an incredibly influential business dynamic. As unrest and public health continue to fill 24/7 news headlines, consumers are looking for ways to find hope in a chaotic world.

As an entrepreneur, you have a unique opportunity to bring influence to the consumer marketplace with ideas that not only generate needed products and services but positively engage with social issues. Consumers who see that a business or brand is taking a stand for the greater good are willing to pay a higher premium to be aligned with those services.

A great way to find an edge in the pandemic economy is to invest in customer loyalty through creative initiatives and community engagement. Find unique opportunities to serve those who are helping others, and invite your customers to join you for the journey. You will soon see the rewards that come from being an entrepreneur concerned with more than the bottom line.

Become A Post-Pandemic Entrepreneur

Many entrepreneurs will be slow to start a new venture or increase their current business operations during a difficult economic moment. However, those willing to boldly step out in new ways and grasp opportunities as they arise will find a post-pandemic market ripe for harvest.

The future of the global economy is as unknown as the coronavirus itself. Nobody is quite sure what business methods of the past will fade with the virus, and what innovations will lead the way in the new market. For those who are ready to turn difficulty into opportunity, the changes wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic will provide limitless chances for entrepreneurial success. Will you rise to the occasion?

Get started! Register a business online or get incorporated in Canada!