I’ve had a chance to work with entrepreneurs at all different stages of their idea and business. Whether it is an idea that popped into an entrepreneurs head the night before, or it’s already a million dollar company, I’ve found that there’s so much excitement and passion that makes it fun to help out. Recently I’ve decided that the most nascent stage of the pre-business idea formation is too early for me to add much value. Going forward, I’m interested in helping out once the Questions to Ask an Entrepreneur have already been established. Here are those questions again:
- What problem are you trying to solve?
- How are you different?
- How many prospects have you talked to about it?
- How far along are you with the concept?
- Where do you need the most help?
The general goal is to have the idea a bit more fleshed out before discussing it so as to be able to offer more value and input. Entrepreneurs that haven’t answered the questions yet will possibly view this as annoying but in the end will appreciate the purpose.