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How to Create Value in Business: 10 Tips

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It’s good to try and keep on track with the things that work for building a business. Not everyone is suited to be being an entrepreneur. If you’re not prepared to stick to your guns and think differently, you might as well throw it in and go work for someone else.

Top 10 Tips for Creating Value

Here are tips to remind yourself of what you need to do to succeed.

  1. Have a vision and pathway. Don’t expect great results with mediocre planning. Produce a business plan and identify your activities and desired results. Shooting randomly is the quickest way to run out of bullets.
  2. Don’t overplan! Some people pick on the minimal details, when they should start taking action.
  3. Establish trustworthy partnerships. You should have a group of people with whom you share mutual trust. This includes coworkers, business partners and employees. When something goes wrong, they will be the ones that will take a step forward.
  4. Enjoy it. Being an entrepreneur is very hard, but a lot of fun! If you love what you do and have energy, you can’t go wrong. In the worst case, you’ll get a lot of experience for your next try.
  5. Be unique. “It won’t work because nobody does it that way!” is one of the most stupid remarks you can hear. That should actually be the reason for doing “it”.
  6. Ignore ignorant critics. Those who criticize your initiatives but never had the guts to generate their own are all too common. The criticism you should listen to is constructive criticism from those who have already walked that path.
  7. Work hard and study hard. This may be easier if your enterprise is online or can be studied online. You can rely on relationships or get lucky on a business opportunity, but in any case your chances will be much better if you work REALLY hard.
  8. Listen more than you speak. Positive input equals learning. If the time is not quite right to start a new venture, you might want to enroll in a business school. Consider this: Unicurve Director Andrew Lancaster recommends doing an MBA if you don’t have a great idea for a business just yet.
  9. Always keep studying entrepreneurship – formally or otherwise. Read at least 1 book per month, absorb experience from others and get back to the classroom. Your success should come from a mix of theory, practice and feedback.
  10. Take calculated risks. If you always choose the safest path, chances are you won’t get very far from where you are. Just make sure that you compared your available options and the risks you take are aligned with your professional (or entrepreneurial) goals.

How Sustainability Helps Drive Growth

Responsible and sustainable business practices can definitely be good for value creation when incorporated sensibly. As an entrepreneur, sustainability means integrating environmental and social considerations into business operations.

This approach not only mitigates harm to the planet but also identifies new opportunities for growth and innovation. By adopting ethical practices, businesses can reduce waste, lower costs, and create more efficient processes, which in turn can lead to increased profitability.

Investing responsibly with good quantitative research.

Sustainability also enhances brand reputation and customer loyalty. Today’s consumers are more aware of the environmental and social impacts of their purchases and tend to favor companies that demonstrate a commitment in this area.

Investors also look for sustainable businesses, which can be a great selling point when seeking funding. To illustrate, investors tend to favor companies with strong ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) practices.

A responsible, common-sense approach can also improve relationships with employees, investors, suppliers, and communities, helping stabilize and grow the business. Altogether, incorporating sustainability into business growth is not just a moral imperative but a strategic one that drives growth and ensures long-term viability.

Related: Examples of Sustainable Investments

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