I have always wanted to have a one-word title; here it is. I spoke yesterday on entrepreneurship to DeVry University in Dayton. The class was small, and I think I nearly gave one woman a conniption when I began to throw my energy into the classroom, but I had fun. No slides, just extemporaneous yak.
I helped one woman better brand her cake business; when she gave me its name, it sounded like kaka…so, I suggested something else, and she agreed. Another woman had a dream to be in the shoe business; I cringed and plowed ahead with these thoughts:
>>Research and understand your potential customer
>>Look at what’s trending in shoes today and how your product can be different (she wanted to be unique with shoes)
>>Conduct market analysis about the type of attire worn in the market (Dayton is a casual city)
>>Look at what people are buying that is different — textiles, artisan, African art and fair trade products
>>With all that on-the-spot thinking, I suggested she go into the flip flop business with all the matching accessories.
Here’s a bit of a debrief about my thoughts on being in business for yourself.