Continuous Improvement (I Want To Build A Business)

I’ve been a frustrated business operator my whole life. The first time I considered going into business with my Dad, he told me I could do better than he did. I was to go to college and “get a good professional job”.

Right after grad school, I took the opportunity to form a business, which I operated successfully for several years.

However, I lacked the business development skills to sustain the business.

When my primary customer’s project finally ended (a six month project was extended repeatedly until it lasted well over two years), I saw no way to continue the business in that form, and I went to work for someone else.

Now all that is changing. This year I’m kicking off a project to build a business.

The Starting Point

I know I want to build a business that is location-independent and schedule-flexible. With the advent of the internet 2.0, the maturation of internet marketing, and the increasing availability of online education on demand, I’m ready to give it a go.

The thing is, it’s very early in the project.

We’re still very much in the initiation phase of this project.

I don’t know what the path will look like or how it will turn out. I know I’ll depend a lot on others as I search for the path.

The thing that surprised me

The thing that surprised me most as I’ve considered this initiative over the past year is my MBA wasn’t enough. I lacked insight about product development, marketing, and sales, and I didn’t even know I lacked it.

Just like the stereotype, I was an arrogant MBA degree holder!

However, I remain confident because growth is possible when shortcomings are acknowledged.

Where To Focus

It’s clear I need to focus. I see opportunities in several areas:

  1. Advertising
  2. Affiliates
  3. Consulting
  4. Courses
  5. Coaching
  6. Product Sales

Whatever I choose:

Consider And Act

Do you have an on-line business?

  • If not, what area and specific product would you choose?
  • If so, what area do you need help, or what area(s) do you see the biggest future need or opportunity?

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Hi, I’m Dylan Cornelius. I’ve spent my career helping Fortune 500 companies build custom products and change the lives of their employees and customers. Now I teach business owners how to manage change like best businesses. Get great results, and change your life with product development, continuous improvement, and agile management practices. Not only does it help at work, it works for self development, life problems, fitness plans, and chronic illness. In graduate school, I concentrated in “Management of Innovation” — after all, I worked in Silicon Valley, and I’d grown up just down the road! It was there I learned we don’t have to work so hard! We don’t have to rely on trial and error or hope, we don’t have to settle for less than we really want, and, most of all, we deserve to have advantages just like the big companies. There’s a better way to get great results and change your life. Let me show you how to manage change like the best businesses. Get great results and change your life with product development, continuous improvement, and agile management practices.

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