Hi! I'm Dane Carlson, and welcome to the Business Opportunities Weblog. I've been publishing this website, by myself, and sometimes with the help of others for over twelve years now. You'll notice two things about this site right away:
Of course you do. But will it work?
There’s no way to know for sure until you try, but in the meantime, could you use another pair of eyes?
From Dane Carlson, founder of Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog:
Hey there –
If you’re reading this it’s because you have a business idea. It’s been floating around in your head for who knows how long. You’ve asked all of your friends what they think and even bugged your mother to give you feedback on your idea.
I’m sure they’ve told you that, “Wow that’s a great idea!” Especially your mother. She really loves your idea… and your new haircut.
If you had a nickel for every person who thought you had a great idea, you’d already be rich. But the truth is, you aren’t. And before you plow your life’s savings into an idea that your mother thinks is great, you need a second opinion.
After all, you wouldn’t have major surgery without first talking to another doctor, would you? So why would you start a new business without first getting a second opinion?
But, the truth is, second opinions are expensive, especially when it comes to business ideas. The way this normally works is that you hire a team of consultants to look over your business plan and do a SWOT analysis on it. This can run you anywhere from $1000 to $100,000.
That’s a lot of money for what is essentially someone’s opinion. And secondly, did you notice what I said they’d look over and analyze? Yes, business plans. Not business ideas, but actual plans. Do you have one of those?
Business plans can take months to write. Months that you could be actually out working on your business, selling your product or service, and making money! And what if they don’t like it? All that time and expense will have go straight down the drain.
And then, there’s that other thing: actually understanding the results. When you do hire a team of consultants to review your business plan, they’re going to give you what you paid for. You can expect a hundred pages of densely boring text, indecipherable charts and all kinds of difficult to understand statistics. After you’ve paid the consultant’s fees you’re going to have to hire another consultant just to explain the results to you!
But I’m here today to offer you something different. Something simpler. Something much cheaper.
You don’t really need a business plan analysis. Maybe later, but not right now. Here’s all you really need to know:
Listen, I’ve been finding and writing about interesting small business people and their successes and failures for over eleven years now. I’ve seen it all, from ice cream shops that also repair flat tires, to mobile doggy food trucks and lice removal salons, to more conventional businesses like pizza parlors, web designers and plumbing companies. I know what will work and what won’t.
I will review your business idea and analyze it using my proven set of business idea metrics and provide you with an outsider’s perspective on the idea you’ve been dreaming up.
No business plans necessary. No big teams of consultants and their accompanying high price tag.
Our business idea analysis doesn’t require that you submit a business plan, or fill out any complex forms. All you need to do is to briefly describe yourself, the business idea, the geographic location in which your business will operate, and your target market. If I have any further questions, I’ll email them to you during our review process.
And as a bonus:
I know from talking to thousands of small business entrepreneurs over the years, that one thing probably holding you back from asking someone for help who can really evaluate your business idea is fear: the fear that someone will steal your idea.
I understand that fear — we all have it. At your request, I will sign a non-compete agreement, ensuring that your business idea will remain safe and secure with you and that I won’t take your idea and start a competing business tomorrow.
You’ll usually have my response within four business days.
Act now, because the normal price for this service is $199, but for a limited time only, Dane Carlson’s Business Opportunities Weblog readers can take advantage of this new service for only $99.