SWOT up on that business idea

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If you have a business idea, chances are that you want to protect that idea. You will also want to do anything and everything you can in order to make that idea strive and thrive.

Using a SWOT analysis for your business idea is a great way to assess it. First, however, let’s look at what a SWOT analysis is.

What is a SWOT analysis?

A SWOT analysis is a valuable model to use to evaluate a product, service, new business endeavour or even an employee.

Put simply, it involves assessing these factors:

Strengths

Weaknesses

Opportunities

Threats

There are two major categories of measurement – internal factors, which are within the organisation, and external factors, which are outside your organisation. Strengths and weakness belong to internal factors and opportunities and threats are external factors.

Strengths – By evaluating your company’s strengths, you do yourself a great service. By looking at what is working, you can enhance that performance and multiply it.

By mimicking a proven formula that already works, you increase your likelihood of success. You can also pinpoint specific areas of success and magnify them innovatively in order to grow those strengths and develop new products or services from them.

Weaknesses – The whole point in evaluating weaknesses in your business idea is to eliminate or, at the very least, minimise them. Weaknesses are in every aspect of business and if unaddressed, those weaknesses can fester and grow. Eliminating or minimising those weaknesses from the start will keep them from detracting from the success of a new product or service.

Opportunities – Evaluating opportunities is useful in seeking knowledge on how those opportunities are useful to gain momentum for your business endeavours. Taking advantage of any existing opportunities and expanding them to greater heights will provide more success for your business idea.

Threats – Evaluating threats in the environment is crucial to the success of your business idea.

If you are on the lookout for threats, warding them off, or taking into account the potential impact, before they occur is key to maintaining optimal success for your project or business.

What to evaluate?

Evaluate your business idea for its strengths by highlighting the areas that receive the most positive response. If you have done a test market on a product or service or have a website with a comments section, check to see where the positive highlights are for your idea.

Evaluate your idea for its weaknesses by answering a negative comment on a website, asking for the opinions of others, and checking your competitors’ websites.

Seek out new and innovative opportunities based on existing ideas that you can expand. Search out opportunities within other businesses to grow and expand in your own.

Be wary and aware of external elements that could potentially damage or ruin your business or service. An example that is dominating the news at the moment is Brexit – would this have a positive, negative or no impact on your new idea?

Your new idea should ideally turn weaknesses into strengths and threats into opportunities. By utilising a SWOT analysis and going through it step by step, you can protect and enhance your business idea.

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