Would you Like to be the Biggest or Best Company?

Entrepreneurs, what would you like your company to be – the best or the biggest? A quick, flippant answer would be to be both.

Becoming the biggest is a lofty objective, but achievable if you have a special niche in the marketplace. Being bigger, with reasonable profitability, allows access to resources for further growth. However, the entrepreneurship spirit is often lost as the size of a company gets bigger. More importantly, being the biggest says nothing about the quality of the organization. Being the biggest could mask inefficiencies in the short term.

On the other hand, being the best reflects a philosophy regarding the quality of products and services, processes, customer service, people and so on. All these have to be exceptional to be the best. While short-term costs may be higher to achieve the status of being the best, the long term prospects for growth are phenomenal. Competitive differentiation is most pronounced with being the best and might allow a premium for one’s goods and services.

Being the best allows you to become the biggest, but being the biggest does not automatically mean that you are the best.

What would you rather strive for – being the biggest or the best?

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

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Published in: on October 28, 2014 at 3:29 am  Leave a Comment  
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Do you Depend on People or Processes?

When Entrepreneurs start their business and during the initial growth stage, they rely upon a few people to know most aspects of their operations. Entrepreneurs depend upon these key people for everything and if someone is absent, it disrupts the operation as no one else is aware of the required details.

For companies to grow, it is critical to develop efficient, solid business processes. Reliance on an individual for knowledge of  the procedures to conduct business is risky.

A solid process provides the foundation for imparting knowledge to multiple people for understanding the procedures and if properly cross-trained, any one should be able to fill in or step up to perform the necessary tasks as required.

Information on business tasks residing with individuals not only poses a risk, but also eliminates improvements since the individuals have always been doing it the same way and see no need to change. A well-defined process on the other hand allows measurement and continuous improvement from many people to make it even better.

Entrepreneurs should have more dependency on processes than individuals.

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

Are you Ready for Growth?

Entrepreneurs are mostly focused on growing their companies and would like nothing more than rapid growth. Compared to the alternatives, managing growth is a nice “problem” to have.

However, is rapid growth always good for Entrepreneurs? Not necessarily.

Being ready for and managing rapid growth requires tremendous preparation and infrastructure. In addition to unique product and services and a solid management team, items such as adequate facilities, reliable IT infrastructure, communication systems, developed business processes, working capital lines of credit, access to growth capital, a group of professional advisors (lawyers, accountants, etc.), an industry advisory group or Board, and so on must be in place.

Most Entrepreneurs have a few of these things in place as they expand, but reach a crisis point when certain required elements are not readily available or in place.

While rapid growth is desirable, Entrepreneurs must ensure that they have in place the requirements to manage such growth . Otherwise, rapid growth may not be good for them.

Ravi Patel

www.patelcfoservices.com

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 4:09 am  Leave a Comment  
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What Could Music Teach Entrepreneurs?

There are several similarities between creating melodious music and Entrepreneurs developing a fine-tuned business.

Creating a melody requires the correct musical notes. While a spectrum of notes is available to all, picking the right notes to create a musical piece is critical. One or more wrong notes and the resulting music is noticeably out of tune.  Similarly in business, an Entrepreneur has access to various resources – markets, clients, management team, employees, facilities, investors, suppliers, advisors and so on. Creating the right blend of these resources, just like selecting the appropriate notes, will allow the development of a beautifully functioning business. A wrong choice or decision here and there ruins the musical piece or a well-oiled business machine.

Playing only the correct musical notes does not make a melody; the notes have to be played to the appropriate beat. The business activities of a growing organization have to be running at the right pace. You cannot have some parts of the company forging ahead while others are lagging. Moving towards the goal at a managed pace leads to success.

Entrepreneurs do not have to be musicians, but applying lessons of music might help them in successfully growing their businesses.

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

Published in: on October 7, 2014 at 4:37 am  Leave a Comment  
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