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10 ways to win over startup challenges: a checklist for founders
May 15, 2020 By admin Marketing[The content is always green.]
Today we are happy to present another guest post from Alisha Shibli from Radix, the registry behind some of the most successful new domain extensions (including .SPACE and .ONLINE.), for whom we have accreditation.
Heraclitus, the Greek philosopher, said, “Change is the only constant in life.” As a startup founder, if you are not ready for the change, you are messing up the future of your venture.
Successful startup companies are the ones that can embrace the adversity of change and adapt to the latest governing trends.
By being open to continuous learning and applying what you learn, you prepare yourself for the unknown future.
This can help you build a brand that will stand the test of time. While trends might falter, your brand will not.
A checklist of how to sail through adverse times comes in handy for startup leaders. Consider the following tactics as you implement your new business strategies:
The mission outlines the ways you intend to adopt to fulfill your vision. It is the “how,” and the vision is your “why.”
Try to think of several long-term and short-term goals for your business that’ll help you achieve your vision.
These goals can pertain to revenue, products, company size, market share, and more.
The goals that you develop will define your brand moving forward. One healthy exercise is to practice building SMART goals to give your startup some momentum.
Your goals will change periodically according to the changing times. However, you must ensure the goals don’t blur your vision.
It’s about aligning your employees’ goals with the startup’s goals.
For example, assume your goal is to generate $50,000 in revenue within the first year of business.
A savvy startup founder will voice that desire to the sales staff, help them identify their targets, and equip them with the right set of tools and resources to improve their lead management.
Don’t emphasize solely on promoting your product. If it provides value, it will sell. Give people a reason to purchase your product. Instead of sending them product offers, share informative content with them.
For example, if you sell email marketing automation software, you can share an eBook on lead generation tips to increase email subscribers.
That’s why you must continue to look inward for ways that you can improve your management style.
What areas do you lack? How can you compensate for your weaknesses?
Every founder has shortcomings. The best founders surround themselves with those who can provide knowledge about the industry.
Enroll in online courses and participate in events, training, workshops, and more.
These are excellent opportunities for you to connect with like-minded individuals and, in the process, learn as well as teach.
Focus on your website
In this day and age, a company’s website is more important than it has ever been in the history of the corporate world. Without it, your company won’t have a presence in the online world.
Building a great website starts with choosing a great domain name. Most entrepreneurs don’t pay attention to this detail, which costs them precious branding juice and, in some cases, even business.
With new domain extensions such as.STORE, .TECH, ONLINE, .SITE, .SPACE, etc. you can get a domain name that is meaningful and contextual to your business.
Just by looking at the domain name, can you tell which one of these websites is definitely an online store?
New domain extensions help you build stronger and more relevant brands.
If you focus on building a product that provides a solution, then sales will be generated as a result.
However, if you focus too much on being salesy, then they’ll choose your competitors over you.
Try building relationships by communicating with your clients via numerous touchpoints (such as emails, calls, texts, etc.)
You should focus on providing value to your customers and prospects. You will build trust in the process, which, in turn, will increase the customer retention rate, customer loyalty, and brand value.
Many believe it to be about hiring the best and brightest for each position. But, for all you know, that employee with 10+ years of experience could be completely burnt out from that industry.
Instead, focus on finding people who truly believe in your company’s product and vision. Find people who are willing to grow this company with you, whatever it takes.
Learn more about hiring by reading this resource on hiring the best talent for your startup.
However, try to stay focused on maintaining an efficient process for your business model over everything else.
If you focus on getting products out the door too fast, then other aspects of your business will suffer. Speed can be improved over time. Don’t sacrifice the standard of your process just to ship things quicker.
Even if you want to scale, do it gradually, keeping certain factors in mind. These include studying the demand and supply gap, creating the blueprint, investing in technology, sourcing the right talent, creating channels of communication, supply, and delivery, and more.
Always look ahead
Many founders make the mistake of thinking that they can’t plan ahead due to the ever-evolving trends in the marketplace.
However, it’s vital to keep your eyes focused on new opportunities to grow and expand. Plans can always be altered if something unexpected arises.
Whatever you implement or plan to do should be in line with market requirements. For example, chatbot marketing is growing rapidly.
You can set up a chatbot to help marketing, sales, and service teams interact with customers and prospects. It will definitely increase sales conversions.
Growing a startup is all about keeping costs as low as possible while you build everything up.
Avoid costly mistakes such as paying for too much marketing, outsourcing, or overspending on products. These things can be added as you gain more revenue. Prioritize staying in the green with your company’s budget.
These tactics to adapt to evolving trends will help you stay a step ahead of your competitors and grow your startup at a steady pace.
I have known Charles Vincent Kauwasha for many long years now since we first met in Accident and Emergency department of Hutt Hospital Lower Hutt New Zealand, where he was an emergency nurse. I had a problem with my heart and very quickly learnt to trust him with my life! we got talking about our businesses and exchanged contact details. Charles has been a loyal friend and business contact here and on whatsapp etc ever since that time, even after he moved from New Zealand to Australia. Charles is a very honest, loyal and trustworthy person, both in business and as a friend. I highly recommend Charles as a safe person to know and do business with.
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With his humble beginnings overseas, Charles would be a perfect mentor for someone feeling trapped with not much to look forward to in future. Listen to his story and be amazed and inspired… starting with nothing to where he is! He will teach you about the power of perseverance. Well done Charles
A unique and profound CEO I have seen in our times, I have seen the calibre in Charles. Charles has a performing influence drive from his desires to do work in an extraordinary way. Charles is adeliver, you will not regret working on projects with him
I Studied with Vincent Kaluwasha during this programme. A highly skilled and knowledgeable individual. Passionate about Occupational Health and would suitably work in the is capacity anywhere in the world”.
JACOB JOSEPH SAKALA-NURSE CONSULTANT
Charles is a man with a great deal of integrity and takes pride in his work
I’ve known Charles for many years and every encounter has been a happy one….he has a wonderful attitude towards life. He is a man of integrity
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I have seen how Charles has evolved from nothing to setting up a real estate portfolio with determination -Jessica McDade He is a man of integrity and passion who leaves a stone unturned!
All the developers of D5 Creation have come from the disadvantaged part or group of the society. All have established themselves after a long and hard struggle in their life
Thanks to you Charles, we can be there when the worst happens to give people the emergency medical care they need – and rapid transport to hospital. Your support means that CareFlight can fly at a few minutes’ notice, to some of the most inhospitable places in this country. It means patients like Simon can be reached quickly with hospital-level emergency care at the scene – and in cases like Simon’s every minute counts.
On behalf of everyone at CareFlight, thank you for your generosity – and have a wonderful holiday season. Thank you so much
Dear CVK, Awesome, a huge thank you for your prompt response!!! I feel blessed to know you.I love your inspiring video and I have learnt a lot from your nicely arranged presentation. I can’t remember the question I paused to you myself but it feels like whatever it was I asked you has been effectively dealt with in your powerful video. By the way, I strongly feel you can make a good mentor of mine considering the massive education and experience you have acquired through the years. Let me know if you can do this for me because I firmly believe there is a purpose why God brings certain people into our lives which is to help us achieve our fullest potential and arrive at our God-given destiny. Remain blessed forevermore in Jesus mighty name, Amena!!! By the way, many thanks for your quick encouraging feedback and for the free book offer on how to attract people to my biz.Will study the book ASAP and I should be able to implement what I will learn and will see where that will take me. I am looking forward to a rewarding interaction between the two of us. Once again, thank you for your non-wavering support and encouragement you have rendered to me over the years. I thought you had given up on me and forgotten about me since I appeared to be wasting your time. I am still interested in salvaging my life and do something new and big because I am tired and sick of living a mediocre kind of life. Please help me if you can by God’s grace. Have a blessed day my Brotherman
Charles, right now, a lot of people in this country are saying, “Thank you.”Thank you for being there when they needed help most. Thank you for taking charge when their world was turning upside down. Thank you for giving them confidence, when they were afraid and needed life-saving help. As a CareFlight Support Crew Member, you are making such a difference for so many people. Your regular donations help save lives and keep families together. Patients like Thomas, who told us, “You made it possible for me to survive.”And Agnes, who said, “I’m very grateful a service like CareFlight exists.”Below are some more messages of thanks: Thanks from the patients you help. As we head into another year, we know there will be even more people who will call on our services. So, I’d like to add my heartfelt thanks to those of our patients, for your steadfast support. Together we are ensuring CareFlight is always there for people when they call for our help. Whether it’s intubating a patient at the scene of an accident, or ensuring a newborn is safe on a flight from a remote area to a major hospital for treatment, our patients cannot speak highly enough of the care they receive. Charles, that care is part of a chain that starts with people like you. These expressions of gratitude, from all over the country and from all walks of life, show you how much your support is valued – and how much it is needed, more than ever. We can’t do what we do without you.
If this year has taught us anything so far, it’s that none of us ever truly know what is around the corner.
That’s why I can’t thank you enough for your support that ensures we can continue to provide life-saving aeromedical care to Australians most in need.
Our CareFlight crews are in a unique position to understand what Australians have been going through. Every day, we care for people who have found their world shaken by a sudden accident or illness – coping with circumstances almost none expected to face when they woke up that morning.
People like Simon Bowman don’t like to rely on others for help. But one day, as he lay trapped inside his car after a terrible road accident, with suspected injuries to his spine and shoulder and a possible head trauma, Simon needed life-saving help desperately. CareFlight was there in a matter of minutes.
CareFlight’s rapid response helicopter service is so vital in situations like this. Our crew can be airborne in minutes and by the side of our patient, delivering hospital-level emergency care as fast as possible.
Simon doesn’t remember much about his accident, but he does recall the voices of the CareFlight crew as they worked urgently to treat his injuries. Simon told us: “I knew there was someone looking after me and that I was in good hands.”
Our mission is to deliver people the very best care. We’ve spearheaded international aeromedical innovations such as our stretcher bridge system and become the first civilian service to carry blood plasma to the scene of an accident.
The care, the state-of-the-art equipment, those voices which reassure patients that they are in the hands of skilled professionals they can trust – it’s all thanks to people like you.
Simon has recovered and recently visited our base to meet some of the crew. He has never forgotten the help he received from CareFlight, so meeting them again was an emotional experience.
Seeing the helicopter that transported him to hospital, he was amazed at its size. He confessed he’d never been that keen on helicopters, “but I was very keen that one was there that day.”
Your support for CareFlight is helping to save so many lives, like Simon’s.
Thank you so much.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CEO!! peacemaker, Shepherd, wise, intelligent, focused, hardworking, caring, loving, forgiving, Husband, Granddad and most importantly best Father Charles V. Kaluwasha. We’ve been truly blessed to have you as our mentor and protector. We thank God for keeping you alive and healthy. Today we celebrate your 60th, a blessed milestone! Next, we count down to your 100th BIRTHDAY. WE LOVE YOU and pray we have you as our father in the next life- @Kendy Kaluwasha
Charles is a very intelligent individual and is very knowledgeable in regards to the Australian Real Estate market. We continue to work a long side each other and we will be for a very long time. He is a much needed asset to my business and growth of my business in the future.
Charles, is very knowledgeable about real estate and great person to connect with. He teaches what he has done himself.
My great sponsor, you inspired me a lot, you are really God sent, to make life better for me, I will not hide it from you, that I really have a little bit of financial contains, because all what I was saving for my travel I left 60%of the money to take care of my two children, to buy a bag of rice and different foods stuff. so here in Monrovia I don’t want to sit idle I just want to start some clothing business, so I am pleading what everything you help me with for the sake of God Almighty, God will surely triple it in return. Thanks sir and God bless you the great man one day you will be the richest man in Zambia, God bless you. I pray that the money will grow more than ten billion dollars. Amen sir, thank you sir, one day you will be a leader in Zambia, by the Grace of God, that my vision for you sir.
Thank you sir hope your work and business expand. Greatness is your portion on a daily basis. You inspire many to pursue their dream, so good to see you pave the way.
You are just not any other resource mwanta, but a creative, proactive and as sharp as a double-edged sword. I love the way you have put together connected opportunities available in our programme and the turning of light by the blind buddy. This is awesome, This is incredible!! https://www.entredevec.com/
Hello. How was the day? Mine was fine, and I was reading the testimonies people are presenting about you. You are great, and I want to learn from you. I am really impressed with your work, experience and expertise. Continue helping us.
The book Launch speech On 25 November, my co-authors and I had to present our speeches. One week later, this is what people had to say… Mwebantu…who has @Charles Kaluwasha speech at the book launch 😄 It was POWERFUL-Cranston I tell you, that was captivating I don’t think people remembered to press record. For the book am reading ba @Charles Kaluwasha story and while reading am imagining it being told just like the speech 😀. -Cranston I hope someone captured it; maybe check the zoom recording as well. He was on fire 🔥 🔥🔥🔥🔥 It was fun to listen to. –Cranston Personally, I can confess…after technical difficulties and having to personally meet and speak to the VIPs I invited…it was VERY refreshing to sit in the audience and just take in what you had to say. It was so good 😄-Cranston Yeah, he was on fire…I thought he was going to make a book launch altar call 😄. There was so much energy, and time was not our best ally; otherwise, we were going to spend a night there.- Paster Kennedy Phiri The story is also good, so authentic and inspiring. If I was not yet abroad, that is the story I would like to read. The speech made me want to read it first, despite being the last reading 📖.-Theresa D’Amaden
Hi Charles, I hope this message finds you well. I have been inspired by your achievements as the Founder & CEO of CJI, a Real Estate Investor & Developer, as well as your status as a #1 Amazon Bestselling author. Your entrepreneurial skills and dedication to delivering exceptional results for over 10 years are truly commendable. As a mortgage broker, I understand the importance of having a strong network of professionals to support and empower success. I wanted to reach out and offer my assistance as well as explore potential collaboration opportunities with you. Whether you need assistance with home loan refinancing, business loans, or any other financial solutions, our team is here to help. We specialize in tailoring our services to meet the unique needs of busy professionals like yourself. With our expertise, we can provide the support you need to fuel your real estate ventures and continue your entrepreneurial journey. Additionally, I wanted to highlight our referral program. We believe in the power of collaboration and building strong relationships within the industry. If you come across any individuals or clients who could benefit from our services, we would be more than happy to assist them. Likewise, we would be glad to refer clients to you whenever there is an opportunity to leverage your exceptional entrepreneurial skills, coaching, and mentorship. I would love to have a quick chat with you to discuss how we can collaborate and support each other’s success. Looking forward to the opportunity to collaborate with you, Charles, and empower each other’s entrepreneurial journeys. Jay Menon www.jjmfinancespecialists.com.au
Congratulations partner on the 6th year anniversary of your hard work. Your ability to embrace open-mindedness, being passionate, having a sense of selflessness and fulfilment of life; with the greatest desire to impact others, are the greatest keys that have helped you to record such an amazing achievement.