Most entrepreneurs I talk to are focused on growth. They believe that if they grow the business to X things will be better and easier. Once I hear that I then like to ask what their goals are for growth, revenue, and number of employees. I then share with them what I view as a successful business for me personally (growing, profitable, enough scale that the business doesn’t require me, etc).
As growing the business is a function of revenue, we then talk about sales. Most entrepreneurs have a sales challenge. That is, building the product or delivering the service comes naturally — it’s increasing sales that is the most challenging. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs I’ve met are also the most gifted at sales or they figured out a way to build a sales and marketing machine.
Building a sales and marketing machine is incredibly difficult — almost always more difficult than building the product or delivering the service. The next time you go about improving your product or refining your service ask yourself if the time is better spent building a sales and marketing machine. It isn’t easy, and probably not as fun, but I find that entrepreneurs need to spend to spend more time building a sales and marketing machine than they think.
What else? Do you think most entrepreneurs have a sales challenge?