During challenging times, entrepreneurs are given an incredible opportunity. Many entrepreneurs will move into survival mode when a slow economic period or economic downturn sets in, but when others prioritize innovation, significant benefits and profits can be achieved.
When a weak market erupts, entrepreneurs can drive for better results with new business models or ventures. During these times, most will place their assets towards “safe” investments. Entrepreneurs, in turn, will have the ability to get ahead and begin progress—turbulent times can lead to brilliant breeding grounds for innovation.
One of the perks of an economic downturn—and listen up, because there aren’t many—is that startups have the opportunity to move a little slower. Traditionally, startups are known for moving fast and speeding through business processes. But when the economy is moving slowly, startups have the opportunity to roll out strong business models and make as few mistakes as possible.
Startups should take time to build up their customer relationships. Even if you have a less than desirable customer base, nail down your product and ensure you have a strong foundation with what customers you do have. Once the economy catches up, you’ll be ready to scale your product and have a loyal customer base to grow.
An economic downturn forces any business to reevaluate. Startups must think about how to add value to their business model and eliminate facets that are not proving successful. Take time to innovate and think about what would help your business grow with shifting economic times. At the same time, acknowledge and steward your customer base and strategize how to grow stronger relationships.
And above all else, keep calm and remain patient. Economic downturns always have upturns. Take the opportunity to reevaluate and innovate.
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Derek Rundell, is a successful business leader, operator, and serial entrepreneur. Derek has founded, managed and sold businesses in the technology, media and finance industries. He sits on several boards and serves as an advisor/investor to numerous established businesses and startups. Startups are Derek’s real passion, and in addition to building his own portfolio of technology, media and financial ventures, he invests in and mentors startups and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and helping other businesses succeed.