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Navigating your business through chaotic times
Episode 818th June 2024 • Real World Entrepreneurship • Alan Clarke
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In this episode, Alan and Bhairav discuss strategies for guiding your business through periods of economic and political uncertainty. They share insights on how entrepreneurs and startup founders can mitigate risks, maintain financial discipline, and identify opportunities during chaotic times.

Key Takeaways:

1. Embrace the chaos: Accept uncertainty as a constant in the business world and focus on what you can control.

2. Prioritize risk mitigation: Conduct a risk assessment of your business operations and make contingency plans.

3. Maintain financial discipline: Ensure proper cash flow management and work to establish a 6-18 month financial runway.

4. Invest in your team: Keep employee morale up and avoid giving them reasons to leave during uncertain times.

5. Look for opportunity: Diversify your offerings to solve emerging customer pain points and be ready to capture market share from failing competitors.

6. Steady, forward progress: Avoid overreacting to every new development and maintain persistent, level-headed forward momentum.

Topics Covered:

- Dealing with the compounded uncertainty of startup life and economic/political instability

- Conducting a weighted risk assessment of your business

- The importance of separating operating cash flow and funds held for liabilities

- Scenario planning and adapting without overreacting

- Identifying opportunities created by market disruptions

- Maintaining mental wellbeing as a leader during stressful times


"It's always chaos. So I think, and I think we've talked about it many times, is that your business as a small business owner, all you ever think about is risk." - Bhairav Patel

"Don't overreact, don't get too high, don't get too low, but keep moving forward, because if you don't keep moving forward, you'll run out of momentum and then you'll start going backwards." - Alan Clarke




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