Tips for startups: how to cope with skeptics
All future entrepreneurs should be warned – you will hear a lot of criticism. Some comments will be objective, and you need to learn to calmly perceive them to correct the flaws of your business. But there are such angry, which are criticized just from pleasure to do it. Here are four types of useless skeptical comments with which start-ups often face, and tips, how to deal with them.
1. You somehow too young. You finished a business school or any courses some?
If you are young and already trying to create your own business, it can only be a reason for pride. For entrepreneurship there are no age limits, and special education is not required for their own business. Everything that is needed for this is a passion and courage to start.
When someone with skepticism asks you about age, you should not react hotly to it, getting angry or bravely something to prove. Then you just blame you in the guys. Just remind that fresh ideas come from fresh look, and such a look, most often, in young people.
If the skeptic doubts your knowledge, Remember that passion for your business and faith is no less important than tons of information from business textbooks, seminars and business schools.
2. So generally really earn?
When "caring" friends and relatives are skeptical about the idea of a business, hinting that it is generally unrealistic to earn money, these statistics can be given.
Of course, before starting your business, you will learn how things are with your sphere. Listing official data from different sources – business publications and specialized sites, you will probably erase skeptical expression from the "well-wisher".
3. Your target audience is not too narrow?
This is just an example of statements that cast doubt on your strategy, a business management method or business orientation.
As an answer, you can confidently explain why your strategy will work, or, even better, ask the opponent that he will advise. Usually skeptics are pleased to criticize others, but they themselves cannot offer anything. So you will most likely see a surprised look and hear a vague muttering.
If the skeptic will express real advice about your business, you can lay out your arguments and finish the conversation by the fact that it is quite soon you will learn who was right.
4. And you thought you would do if nothing happen?
This question can be answered like this: "No, it didn’t even occur to me. I do not think myself without my business, and if something goes wrong with him, I will not bother him, but simply change the strategy, I will find a mistake and correct them. In addition, I just do not have time to think what will happen if something does not work ".
Ask the skepticism if he had a business, he would have done everything that in his power to make it wrong? So you do the same, and what kind of failures can we talk then?
Maybe not at all pay attention to such statements and emotionally react or respond to them. But, on the other hand, some resentment for its business can be useful – protest helps you move forward.
And if you decisively and firmly answer skeptical comments, defending your point of view, it will give you confidence to yourself, make you believe that your idea will work and strengthen your intention to prove that they were wrong.