104: Validating Your Business Idea [PODCAST]

How to find out if you have a good (profitable) idea for your business

There are ideas, and then there are opportunities. How do you find out if your business idea is a true winning opportunity or a dud? In this podcast Anthony Witt and I help you find ways to validate your business idea, connect passion to profits, and find significance along with revenue.

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“Validating Your Business Idea” by Todd Quackenbush is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Validating Your Business Idea – Quick Notes from the Podcast

  • Passion is not enough when it comes to business. You have to have skills and a viable market.
  • However, skills can be developed or hired and a market can be found, but we cannot create passion.
  • Many new business owners fall in love with their ideas and yet fail to do their homework.
  • Over 60% of startups (in the US) never make over $25,000 per year.
  • Doing an opportunity analysis tells you if you have a viable and sustainable business.
  • An opportunity analysis consists of 1) determining the size of the market, 2) getting a percent of the market you can hit (start with less than 5%), and 3) determining the potential revenue per year by multiplying potential sales (from 1 and 2) by product or service price.
  • You have great ideas within you, but you are likely blinded by the obvious. (Or as I like to say, you are blinded by your own genius.)


Interesting Facts About Business Startups

  • Over 543,000 new businesses start each MONTH in the US alone
  • Over 50% of small businesses are based out of homes
  • Over 75% of US businesses are solopreneurs (no employees)


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