13 definition by ProfBruce

PB4L stands for Personal Business for Life. The question is: should everyone on the planet have a PB4L? After all, it wasn't government five year plans that brought India and China out of poverty; it was the unleashing of the entrepreneur class.

Maybe we should each have one micro business that we hang onto for life; that never gets shared with anyone, where we take no partners and never pledge it to a Bank for a loan and, thus, have something that is uniquely ours that we can fall back on in troubled times. “You need an iron reserve.”

There are so many changes going on in the local, national and global economy and so many things can and do go wrong, that it might not be a bad idea after all to have a fallback position.
A PB4L does not include things like the guy who tells you: “I can show you how to make a million dollars! Just send me ONE dollar, and I will tell you how.” And, of course, the answer is: “Get a million fools to each send you a dollar to tell them how to…”

A PB4L is a real business with real cashflow. Perhaps you are selling high-end, acid free paper or you have a series of organic food recipes that you sell at food fairs and in specialty stores or you have an online dino comic strip that you publish daily that becomes a hit.

Ideas are endless. Maybe you could look in the Encyclopedia Britannica circa 1932 for inspiration and public domain ideas.
by ProfBruce October 24, 2009

Mug icon
Buy a PB4L mug!
A strategic investor is someone who has a strategic reason for investing in your enterprise; that is, they have an over-arching interest in your success. You can find strategic investors by looking through your supply chain and your value chain. Even your competitors can be a source of strategic start-up capital if they are looking to you as a new co-opetitor.
Say you are bootstrapping a new home builder. A trade creditor (supplier) might extend credit to you for building materials and supplies or a client might give you a sizable down payment on a home purchase; in essence, each of them become a strategic investor in your business. Or say you are starting an athletic wear clothing business, department stores might give you a cash advance in return for exclusivity or a sports drink company might sponsor your line of clothing in return for co-branding opportunities.
by ProfBruce April 02, 2011

Mug icon
Buy a strategic investor mug!
Where consumers band together online to influence, collectively, the price of a good or service, a form of social shopping.
A website or mobile app that, reduces its price for every like or tweet that potential customers generate as a group or where customers can get enough of their friends to buy ecommerce coupons, are engaged in forms of social commerce. In effect, consumers are banding together online to influence the price at which they are willing to buy and companies are paying their customers to do some marketing for them.
by ProfBruce April 02, 2011

Mug icon
Buy a Social Commerce mug!
Reverse marketing happens when an organization’s planned marketing campaign results in negative consequences for their brand. The reason a brand is important is, in part, that it creates trust in that organization, which, in a for-profit business, results in higher sales. Reverse marketing works in the opposite direction.
“Coca-cola decided some years ago to introduce New Coke and stop producing Coke Classic based on blind taste tests that indicated younger consumers preferred the sweeter taste of Pepsi. What they didn’t take into account was the loyalty of Coke buyers to the classic formula. The result was a rapid climb down by the Company and massive reverse marketing.”
by ProfBruce October 31, 2009

Mug icon
Buy a Reverse Marketing mug!
The moral underpinnings of being or becoming an entrepreneur include: 1. take care of your business, 2. so your business can take care of your family, 3. so your family can take care of you, 4. so you do not become a burden on your fellow human being or the state, 5. so you are in a position to help your fellow human being and 6. so they can help your business.
When you give a person a fishing rod instead of a fish, you have started him or her on the road to self reliance which is the sine qua non of entrepreneur ethics.
by ProfBruce April 02, 2011

Mug icon
Buy a entrepreneur ethics mug!
It is the aim of great manufacturing companies (starting with Motorola in the 1980s) to remove substantially all error from both their fabrication and business processes—their goal is to achieve 6 sigma; that is, an error or defect rate that is equal to or less than: (1 – 99.99966%). Looked at another way, this implies that only one in every 294,118 things that a six sigma company does is defective and has to be either discarded or done again.

Now most service businesses can not possibly come close to matching a fabrication company but they should be able to achieve a 3 sigma state. Unfortunately, many service firms are in effect 1 sigma enterprises: that is, they have a level of proficiency with an error rate that is, basically, equivalent to two out of every three things they do are wrong (actually, it is 2 in 2.899 but at that point who cares, it’s pathetic.)
If you did nothing other than focus on getting your error rate down, which means doing things right the first time, practically every time, you could significantly increase your productivity and bottom line even if sales (top line revenues) didn't budge. A service business should aim to be at least 3 sigma not 1 sigma enterprise.

One way to help you get there is to start measuring things to see what your error rate is in the first place. You can not hope to improve unless you know your original state. The Hawthorne Effect suggests that as soon as you start to measure a thing, people will alter their behavior to improve their scores often resulting in significant increases in production and productivity.
by ProfBruce April 02, 2011

Mug icon
Buy a 1 sigma mug!