Because we live in a less-than-ideal world and usually fall well short of being omniscient, it is usually not feasible or realistic to wait until all the facts are in before making a decision or launching a new venture or project. Perhaps Napolean Hill, America’s original positive-thinking guru, said it best: “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
WHAT IT MEANS: Last month, a friend of mine left his full-time job to pursue his eBay sports memorabilia business full-time—something he had been thinking (and agonizing) about for several years. What made him do it now? I wondered. “Because I finally realized that it was now or never,” my friend replied. “There was never going to be a guarantee of success—nor was there much chance of me being able to do everything right. Sooner or later, it just comes down to taking a deep breath and doing it. You can plan until the cows come home, but until you actually do it, it’s just a dream.” My friend had come to realize what many successful managers already know: you usually don’t have all the right tools or information or perfect plan to do what needs to be done. The challenge is to get things done anyway—maybe that’s why it’s called managing. Don’t get bogged down by the idea of perfection. It doesn’t exist. Take action now.
ACTION PLAN: Think about two or three places in your business life where you’re waiting for things to be “just right” before you take action. Consider what can be done to make progress in those areas. It is always reasonable to consider the risks of any endeavor and strive to minimize them, but “paralysis by overanalysis” can delay or prevent you from implementing the changes your business needs to grow—and that’s also risky.
EVEN BETTER: Don’t be a perfectionist! As a manager and a human being, you will rarely if ever have all the resources you need (including information) to make easy, foolproof decisions. There is a difference between making well informed and fully informed decisions—and the latter can be a lot more unrealistic and unnecessary than you might think.
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It’s only a matter of time before your business will need money. Perhaps you will need to cover operating costs during a temporary slump. Perhaps you are bursting at the seams from a rapid growth spurt. Or perhaps you have decided to invest in a new computer network or expand your manufacturing capability. New and not always predictable reasons for needing to borrow cash will inevitably occur-but smart owners and managers should not wait till the last minute to explore financing options.
WHAT IT MEANS: Finding capital to build and grow the business is one of the biggest challenges facing small-business owners. Limited access to capital in the first two years of a business’s life cycle is a major problem facing many new businesses. In addition, underestimating the need for capital and failing to understand the importance of getting access to capital are two of the most common mistakes made by new business owners. The savvy businessperson knows that securing capital is necessary to build and grow the business, and also knows that good credit makes securing capital easier. Establishing solid business credit takes time and effort, and it’s important to start early in the game.
Before you proceed, make sure you have a strong business plan because it may well be required and reviewed in future lending situations. Also, understand the four Cs of credit evaluation: Capacity, your ability to repay the loan; Collateral, your assets that can be used to secure a loan, such as a building, equipment, or bank accounts; Conditions, your intentions for the loan and the external variables such as economic factors that can impact how the money lent will be used and repaid; and Character, your personal attributes, traits, abilities, and integrity, along with your education level and work experience.
ACTION PLAN: Maintain a good relationship with your bank and with your banker. You should periodically review your fiscal condition and anticipated borrowing needs with him or her. Open a business credit-card account. It’s a quick and easy way to start building your business credit history. Finally, make sure to have “industrial strength” accounting systems in place-the kind that can easily help you track your sales and expenses and produce the kinds of reports that lenders want to see. Partnering with a local accounting firm could be very helpful in this regard.
EVEN BETTER: Consider other potential sources for credit if needed. These could include a loan from friends or relatives, microloans from the SBA or other private organizations, a line of credit, or better credit terms from your current suppliers. If you’re about to launch a business of your own, you might want to obtain a home equity line of credit (or expand your current one), as your currently employed status will work to your advantage.
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