– Chris Lynch is vice president of economic development at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce. The views expressed are his own. –
With recent reports the economy is becoming stable and showing signs of upward growth, the question is what are entrepreneurs going to do about it?
The answer is simple, they can take advantage of the upbeat perception that the economy is in recovery and benefit from the opportunities they didn’t have before. The following are some tips on how entrepreneurs can take advantage of the recovery, based on years of experience coaching successful startups.
1. Get a good start on the recovery. Right now the market is solid for proven ventures, but in about 18 months the market will be ready for riskier ventures. This is a critical time for when opportunities will be made, so start making new contacts, solidifying your business model and creating potential business relationships right away. Look into entrepreneurial or business workshops, such as what we provide at the Irvine Chamber of Commerce and the Irvine Entrepreneur Forum. An economic recovery is a good time to capitalize on the optimistic mood of investors and put your business out there in front of the right people. So make sure to perfect a quick elevator pitch and consolidate all your financial information.
2. Take advantage of the opportunities. It’s important for entrepreneurs and startup businesses to pay close attention to the opportunities and general attitude towards investing during a recovering economy. The fact that investors are becoming more willing and openminded towards investing is a good place to start. This means that the money is starting to flow back into venture capital and other investment options. People are looking for new places to put their cash and every entrepreneur should take advantage of the opportunities by getting their innovation out there to potential investor groups.