Everyone is trying to find the best home business, make their million and retire.
Unfortunately, many people are disappointed when they do not find these types of businesses, however, there are many great opportunities available and entrepreneurs know that you must evaluate, experiment, and adjust as you try various ideas.
Developing great evaluation techniques can save a lot of time, energy, and money if you do your business evaluation properly.
They say that a project is made up of 80% planning and 20% actual work. If you plan a project properly, the project can be completed quickly and efficiently.
Much wasted time is avoided as a result and projects are completed on time and within budget. The same is true of developing home based businesses.
If you tried every business opportunity that came along, you would most likely waste a great deal of time and resources, only to find out that the business is not what you expected or you cannot generate the type of income that you require.
Applying the same general approach to evaluating businesses of all types that you would for a project assists many entrepreneurs to select only those projects that will meet their needs as well as be successful.
Planning a new project can be taken through 4 distinct phases.
Preliminary opportunity assessment, business definition, business design, business validation, and finally introduction are the major categories of evaluation that all projects should be taken through.
The opportunity assessment phase is a very rapid short duration activity that assesses the market size and value, the technical needs of the project and develops a high-level business plan.
A decision is made at this point regarding whether the opportunity is viable or not and whether further investment of time and resources are warranted.
Subsequent phases involve much more time and effort so it is important to properly evaluate all of your home business opportunities at this stage, weeding out the poorer ones allowing you to focus on the better opportunities.
The next 3 phases take the entrepreneur through progressive levels of detail, including business case assessment, sales development, market development, technical evaluation, trials all leading towards a decision to launch the business.
While all of this may seem overkill, many people have found out too late that they were involved in a losing opportunity and wished they had done a better evaluation at the beginning.
We plan to discuss the remaining phases in future articles to provide information about the activities that are considered in each phase.