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🌟 Sanity Check Potential Opportunities (Issue #83)

🌟 Sanity Check Potential Opportunities (Issue #83)

Model the upside and risks to save time and money

I always get excited about brainstorming new business ideas. It could be an idea for an entirely new business, product, or service.

In the past, I often erred on the side of executing quickly. But after many years of wasting time and money, I’ve learned to exercise a bit of caution and perform a sanity check first.

After all, success is as much about saying “No” to the wrong things as it is about saying “Yes” to the right opportunities. As solopreneurs, we don’t have infinite time and money, so we must place our bets more carefully.

In my Solopreneur workshop earlier this year, I shared a simple scoring system for narrowing down a choice between multiple business ideas (see image below).

Scoring system

Of course, it’s not quite as simple as what I could fit in one table on one slide in the presentation. So, I want to provide a more complete list of factors to explore when evaluating a new idea for your business.

Factors to consider (discussed in more detail in the podcast audio):

  • Your unique twist on this business concept (e.g., why is the product or service unique or better than the competition?)

  • The market timing and demand (e.g., are you solving a real, current need or pain?)

  • Why you? (i.e., why can you do this better than others?)

  • Your capabilities (e.g., talent, knowledge, skills, experience, reputation)

  • Your resources (e.g., network, space, hardware, software)

  • Speed of execution (e.g., how quickly could you spin this up?)

  • The startup costs and ongoing expenses (e.g., rent, equipment, services, materials, ads, staff)

  • Finances (e.g., financial cushion, investors, loans)

  • The market (e.g., size of addressable market, local, global, online)

  • The potential customers (e.g., do you want to interact with and help these people?)

  • Your ability to reach these customers

  • Excitement about the offer (e.g., does creating and offering this excite you?)

  • Motivation to drive your business in this direction (e.g., is this the future you want?)

  • Compatibility with your desired life experience (e.g., do you want to keep doing what it takes to sell this service or product?)

  • What you could charge for the goods and/or services (e.g., fixed price, hourly, project-based, retainer, etc.)

  • The potential sales volume (e.g., realistic demand, fulfillment bottlenecks, your 1-on-1 time)

  • Scalability (e.g., can sales grow and be automated?)

  • The demands on your time (e.g., can you support this volume?)

  • Profitability (e.g., projected revenue - expected expenses)

  • Potential risks (e.g., burnout, legal, reputation)

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I’m Larry Cornett, a Freedom Coach who works with you to optimize your career, business, and life. My mission is to help you take complete control of your work and life so you can become a more “Invincible You.” I live in Northern California near Lake Tahoe with my wife and our Great Dane.

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Invincible Solopreneurs
Invincible Solopreneurs - Make a living doing more of what you love
Do you want to make a living doing more of what you love? Are you ready to discover the power, freedom, and joy of solopreneurship? I'm Dr. Larry Cornett, a Business Advisor and Leadership Coach. I frequently work with frustrated employees who want to escape their 9-5 jobs and launch their own businesses someday. They want to maximize their lifetime earning potential, become invulnerable to economic instability, and take control of how they spend their days. I spent over 2 decades in the Silicon Valley tech industry and millions of dollars launching new businesses, products, and services. I've had some wins, and I've also learned how to avoid the mistakes many new business owners make. Over 12 years ago, I left my corporate career to build my own business to reclaim my freedom, health, and life. I want to help you do the same!