Do You Watch Shark Tank?


12-01-15 shark-1384087-639x426You have probably heard of the show Shark Tank, which airs on ABC. The show is about entrepreneurs who pitch their products and ideas to a group of wealthy investors who are referred to as “sharks.” Hopefully, the sharks will bite and offer to invest some of their money in the fledgling businesses.

Many times the sharks pass up on investing in the new business, which is very eye-opening for the entrepreneurs. Other times, more than one shark wants to invest in the business because there is a lot of upside, and the risk seems worth it. There are some great business lessons to be learned by all of this.

Research the market: Are there enough people that are willing to buy your product? Even so, what price should you sell the product for and who is your target customer?

Business model: Is there enough profit to be made? Does it make sense to spend a lot of money for the return that is generated? Is it costly to acquire customers?

Careful with your funds: Some entrepreneurs invest so much money in their product that they are now broke. Worse yet is that the product may not even be viable. Even if the business is good, the entrepreneur is eager to sell and may end up taking a lowball offer just to recoup their own investment.

Lack of Experience:  When a product is good, the problem that entrepreneurs may have is usually manufacturing, distribution, and additional capital. Instead of selling a piece of your company, an alternative is to work with qualified professionals, such as consultants, attorneys, accountants, and competent employees.

Businesses are started every day. Some are successful, but unfortunately, many are not. The key to increasing your chance of success is to plan and be well thought-out. Just like preparing to take a test as a student, you have to study ahead of time to increase your chances of getting an “A.”