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What Do Startups Need To Succeed?

Tasnima Islam

Tasnima Islam

Marketer & Founder of The Hype Digital

Founders want to see their idea turn into a solid reality. But it gets harder at every step of building your company. 

 

Most startups fail to see their business boom. This happens because of some mistakes they make at the beginning. So what do startups need to succeed? 

 

It’s important for startup founders to become strategic while building their businesses. Otherwise, their dreams can shatter into pieces even if they work hard like crazy. 

 

Look at these actionable steps startup founders can take to succeed and scale their businesses. 

 

Key Takeaways 

 
  1. Validate your business idea
  2. Learn to evolve & adapt 
  3. Begin thinking ahead 
  4. Define a business model 
  5. Make your team 
  6. Get things done quicker 
  7. Know your customers 
  8. Analyze your competitors 
  9. Manage your funds 
  10. Practice productive skills 

1. Validate Business Idea

 Validate Your Business Idea Before Moving Forward

 

You need a great idea to turn your startup into the next big thing. But that alone isn’t enough! Even a great idea can fail if you cannot capitalize on it. This is why you need to validate your business idea before you proceed with it. 

 

How to do it? 

 
  • Overcome your personal bias about your idea. Discussing it with industry experts and peers who you can trust. This will help you determine your idea’s potential and decide whether to proceed with it. 
  • Find out whether you’ve got the capacity to turn your idea into a profitable business. Determine:

-How familiar you’re with the industry

-Your experience in the field

-How risky the implementation is

-How the demand is

-What the scopes are to find investors

 

2. Evolve And Adapt 

 
Evolve And Adapt To Stay In The Game

 

It’s quite difficult for founders to bring changes to the idea they consider perfect. But you need to go with the flow when market changes occur. No market is static; needs and preferences always change. And so you need to evolve and adapt to stay in the game. 

 

How to do It? 

 
  • Add new features for your target customers. Find out the needs of your customers by conducting market research. 
  • Improve the features popular among your customers. Find out why they love them and what you can do to make them more desirable.

3. Think Ahead 

 

Create A Roadmap When Scaling Your Business

 

Without a plan, your startup is like a ship without a compass. Create a roadmap to avoid being clueless trying to scale your business. 

 

How to do it? 

 
  • Set clear goals defining the steps to achieve them. You must know what you want to achieve and how to reach them in the next five to ten years. 
  • Monitor your business using specific KPIs to determine whether you’re on the right track. If the success meter goes downwards, identify the issues causing them and look for solutions.

4. Define Business Model 

 

Leverage Digital and Traditional Models for Added Edge

 

If your startup is online-focused, digital business models are necessary. But when operating totally offline, you shouldn’t keep the digital models out of the question. With traditional business models, digital models can also offer an added advantage.

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Explore popular businesses in your industry to understand their business models. 
  • Create a Lean Canvas, which helps you determine which model will be right for your startup.
  • Price your products based on proper pricing research, not just assumptions or trends. 

5. Assemble A Dream Team

 

Build a Winning Team of Talented Members

 

Your company cannot scale up if you don’t have the right team. The founding members need to be super dedicated, skilled and like-minded people to turn your vision into a reality. Make a powerful team where members are competent and ready to give their best. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Eliminate conditions that can cause power struggles and differences among founders. 
  • Build a business plan and set some ground rules at the beginning to steer clear of disagreements. 
  • Define the chain of command to all members clearly. 

6. Get Things Done Quickly

 

Start Pacing Up Your Task

 

Delaying your tasks to perfect them might not be a good idea for startups. It’s important that you start pacing up your tasks. Even if you make mistakes by pacing up things, you still have the chance to learn from your mistakes quickly. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Try to lunch your business as planned to get a competitive advantage. 
  • Don’t delay even if you need to put extra effort into getting things done before the deadline.
  • Hire skilled and productive people for your company. 

7. Know Your Customers Better

 

Know Who Your Customers Are

 

To become commercially successful in choosing the right business model, you must know who your customers are. Only when you know this, you can offer customers a product that provides real value and best customer service. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Collect data about your potential customers through market research and create a buyer persona. While making the ideal persona profile, leaders need to stay away from their personal bias about the customers. Instead, rely on statistical data and surveys. 
  • When you create a product, create the demand as well. Even the greatest solutions often don’t get sold on their own. 
  • Find out how your solution can bring value to your customer base and build a marketing strategy around your outcome. 

8. Analyze Your Competitors

 

Find Out What Your Competitors Are Doing

 

Knowing your competitors well should be an inevitable part of your business strategy. Especially when you’re a startup.

 

Find out what your competitors are doing to occupy the market, how strong their hold is, and what are the flaws. Only your competitors can tell you ( without realizing it! ) how hard the game is going to be. And what gaps you should fill to net in a big portion of the market. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Find out the product development, marketing, pricing, and sales strategies of your competitors. Based on your collected data, improve your business strategy. 

9. Manage Funds Properly 

 

Learn To Do More With Less

 

When tight on budget, you need to learn to do more with less. Your company’s success depends on how well you manage your finances. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Allocate a certain budget for each and every task/project 
  • Avoid unnecessary expenses 
  • Identify what your team needs to complete projects in the allocated budget
  • If required, do startup fundraising to manage sufficient funds 

10. Practice Productive Skills 

 

Be Productive And Prioritize Your Tasks

 

Managing work pressure effectively is a challenge for startups. Your team needs to be productive and prioritize their tasks to bring much-needed success to the company. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Practice self-discipline and a positive work ethic in the workplace. It encourages team members to work together and reach their shared goals. 
  • Problems can arise during projects. Never quit and face every challenge with determination and persistence. 
  • Startup leaders must know the art of networking to build partnerships and find investors whenever needed. 

A startup needs your attention even before you form the company itself. Carefully select your idea, find out who to sell to, and compete. Build your team and start practicing positive startup skills to make your way to succes

Tasnima Islam

Tasnima Islam

Marketer & Founder of
The Hype Digital

Founders want to see their idea turn into a solid reality. But it gets harder at every step of building your company. 

 

Most startups fail to see their business boom. This happens because of some mistakes they make at the beginning. So what do startups need to succeed? 

 

It’s important for startup founders to become strategic while building their businesses. Otherwise, their dreams can shatter into pieces even if they work hard like crazy. 

 

Look at these actionable steps startup founders can take to succeed and scale their businesses. 

 

Key Takeaways 

 
  1. Validate your business idea
  2. Learn to evolve & adapt 
  3. Begin thinking ahead 
  4. Define a business model 
  5. Make your team 
  6. Get things done quicker 
  7. Know your customers 
  8. Analyze your competitors 
  9. Manage your funds 
  10. Practice productive skills 

1. Validate Business Idea

 Validate Your Business Idea Before Moving Forward

 

You need a great idea to turn your startup into the next big thing. But that alone isn’t enough! Even a great idea can fail if you cannot capitalize on it. This is why you need to validate your business idea before you proceed with it. 

 

How to do it? 

 
  • Overcome your personal bias about your idea. Discussing it with industry experts and peers who you can trust. This will help you determine your idea’s potential and decide whether to proceed with it. 
  • Find out whether you’ve got the capacity to turn your idea into a profitable business. Determine:

-How familiar you’re with the industry

-Your experience in the field

-How risky the implementation is

-How the demand is

-What the scopes are to find investors

 

2. Evolve And Adapt 

 
Evolve And Adapt To Stay In The Game

 

It’s quite difficult for founders to bring changes to the idea they consider perfect. But you need to go with the flow when market changes occur. No market is static; needs and preferences always change. And so you need to evolve and adapt to stay in the game. 

 

How to do It? 

 
  • Add new features for your target customers. Find out the needs of your customers by conducting market research. 
  • Improve the features popular among your customers. Find out why they love them and what you can do to make them more desirable.

3. Think Ahead 

 

Create A Roadmap When Scaling Your Business

 

Without a plan, your startup is like a ship without a compass. Create a roadmap to avoid being clueless trying to scale your business. 

 

How to do it? 

 
  • Set clear goals defining the steps to achieve them. You must know what you want to achieve and how to reach them in the next five to ten years. 
  • Monitor your business using specific KPIs to determine whether you’re on the right track. If the success meter goes downwards, identify the issues causing them and look for solutions.

4. Define Business Model 

 

Leverage Digital and Traditional Models for Added Edge

 

If your startup is online-focused, digital business models are necessary. But when operating totally offline, you shouldn’t keep the digital models out of the question. With traditional business models, digital models can also offer an added advantage.

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Explore popular businesses in your industry to understand their business models. 
  • Create a Lean Canvas, which helps you determine which model will be right for your startup.
  • Price your products based on proper pricing research, not just assumptions or trends. 

5. Assemble A Dream Team

 

Build a Winning Team of Talented Members

 

Your company cannot scale up if you don’t have the right team. The founding members need to be super dedicated, skilled and like-minded people to turn your vision into a reality. Make a powerful team where members are competent and ready to give their best. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Eliminate conditions that can cause power struggles and differences among founders. 
  • Build a business plan and set some ground rules at the beginning to steer clear of disagreements. 
  • Define the chain of command to all members clearly. 

6. Get Things Done Quickly

 

Start Pacing Up Your Task

 

Delaying your tasks to perfect them might not be a good idea for startups. It’s important that you start pacing up your tasks. Even if you make mistakes by pacing up things, you still have the chance to learn from your mistakes quickly. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Try to lunch your business as planned to get a competitive advantage. 
  • Don’t delay even if you need to put extra effort into getting things done before the deadline.
  • Hire skilled and productive people for your company. 

7. Know Your Customers Better

 

Know Who Your Customers Are

 

To become commercially successful in choosing the right business model, you must know who your customers are. Only when you know this, you can offer customers a product that provides real value and best customer service. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Collect data about your potential customers through market research and create a buyer persona. While making the ideal persona profile, leaders need to stay away from their personal bias about the customers. Instead, rely on statistical data and surveys. 
  • When you create a product, create the demand as well. Even the greatest solutions often don’t get sold on their own. 
  • Find out how your solution can bring value to your customer base and build a marketing strategy around your outcome. 

8. Analyze Your Competitors

 

Find Out What Your Competitors Are Doing

 

Knowing your competitors well should be an inevitable part of your business strategy. Especially when you’re a startup.

 

Find out what your competitors are doing to occupy the market, how strong their hold is, and what are the flaws. Only your competitors can tell you ( without realizing it! ) how hard the game is going to be. And what gaps you should fill to net in a big portion of the market. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Find out the product development, marketing, pricing, and sales strategies of your competitors. Based on your collected data, improve your business strategy. 

9. Manage Funds Properly 

 

Learn To Do More With Less

 

When tight on budget, you need to learn to do more with less. Your company’s success depends on how well you manage your finances. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Allocate a certain budget for each and every task/project 
  • Avoid unnecessary expenses 
  • Identify what your team needs to complete projects in the allocated budget
  • If required, do startup fundraising to manage sufficient funds 

10. Practice Productive Skills 

 

Be Productive And Prioritize Your Tasks

 

Managing work pressure effectively is a challenge for startups. Your team needs to be productive and prioritize their tasks to bring much-needed success to the company. 

 

How to do it? 

 

  • Practice self-discipline and a positive work ethic in the workplace. It encourages team members to work together and reach their shared goals. 
  • Problems can arise during projects. Never quit and face every challenge with determination and persistence. 
  • Startup leaders must know the art of networking to build partnerships and find investors whenever needed. 

A startup needs your attention even before you form the company itself. Carefully select your idea, find out who to sell to, and compete. Build your team and start practicing positive startup skills to make your way to succes

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