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When is a business idea a business opportunity?

By Samantha Garner | January 14, 2017

Did you know venture capital investors reject about 98% of the business ideas pitched to them? That means that for every 100 great new business ideas we might come up with, only two are likely to be business opportunities. Yikes!

A great business idea doesn’t automatically ensure a good business opportunity. So, how can you tell the difference?

A business idea is a business opportunity only if it can make a profit for you.

To us, a good business opportunity is represented by four pillars:

  • The product or service must add significant value to a customer or end user
  • The product or service must solve a significant problem or satisfy a significant want or need
  • The product or service must have money-making characteristics
  • The business idea should be a good fit with your four capital factors: human capital (skills, knowledge and abilities you’ve developed through your career);  sociological capital (your networks and support groups); psychological capital (your attitudes, values, opinions and beliefs); and financial capital.

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