An opportunity is a chance that makes it possible to achieve something. For a business, an opportunity is a situation or a favourable condition to be harnessed in order to start a venture or to scale what already exists.
Opportunities allow entrepreneurs to create and implement ideas, innovate and improve their performance.
It’s one thing to spot business opportunities, but then identifying a good opportunity is another factor to consider.
A good business opportunity must be feasible, scalable, relevant and profitable. But to tick off this checklist, there has to be a need. Your job as an entrepreneur is to provide or create what the market is yearning for.
To understand the expectations of the market, you must do your research. This involves collecting, organising, and analysing information about customers’ behaviour as well as their needs. Study the past and present trends of your target market to help you discover customer preferences. This will help to design more tailored products and services.
The next step is to do some competitive analysis, first to know if there are startups that might have seen the same opportunity and if there are, you have to evaluate what they are doing. This way you can identify the areas that you can step into and if there’s none, you’d either have to contend with similar companies or search for other business opportunities.
Generally, when it comes to business opportunities, entrepreneurs need to search for the root cause of a problem and explore possible solutions. The goal is to formulate a well-focused hypothesis that can be tested with market research. Market analysis involves testing certain key assumptions about the business opportunity with the target market to determine the demand for a particular product or service in the real world, and how it solves problems in the specified market.
Once a business opportunity is spotted and real world demand confirmed, the next phase would be to create a product or service that will solve the problem. During product development, one must take into consideration the competitive threats, and business models.
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