Building an Understanding of Your Market

Building an Understanding of Your Market

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Building an Understanding of Your Market
When you’re running a business, your work never ends: one of the things you have to accept is that a business isn’t a single project that concludes successfully after you put in lots of work. It’s an ongoing task, where you’re constantly building better processes, and more nuanced understandings. Perfection is out of reach, and the reward for success is the chance to try again! With that in mind, today we’re looking at ways you can try to understand your market a little better. Why? Building towards a more complete understanding of your market, the customers that make it up, the forces that influence them and the rival brands that are vying for their money requires a non-trivial investment, not just of money but of your time as well. Why is it worth making this investment? Understanding your market means you can optimise what you have to offer to appeal to the biggest possible cross-section of customers who might buy in your area (be that a literal area where a brick and mortar store is based or the figurative ‘area’ that covers your online niche). That means products that are easy for your customers to use and attractive for them [...]
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My Experience with a Fannie Mae HomeStyle Renovation Loan – 120k Purchase price + 120k Renovation Cost
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187 – Investing Long Distance – Understanding Turn Key Properties
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Using Continuously Compounded Interest to Create Big Passive Income
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July 2019 Net Worth Quarterly Update
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Smart Money Moves to Maximize Income
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Working from Home is a Money Saver with a Smile
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Chip Conley — Building Empires, Tackling Cancer, and Surfing the Liminal (#374)

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Chip Conley — Building Empires, Tackling Cancer, and Surfing the Liminal (#374)
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Tricks to Use to Become Financially Successful
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Living an Organic Lifestyle on a Budget
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6 Smart Money Moves to Begin Making Now
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April 2019 Net Worth Quarterly Update
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The Biggest Retirement Planning Mistakes
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166 How To Set Market Rents

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166 How To Set Market Rents
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15 lessons on money and marriage from couples who have been married 10+ years
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How to Reduce Monthly Money Wastes
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April 2018 Net Worth Update

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April 2018 Net Worth Update
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Peer-to-Peer Lending and a Savvy Investment Portfolio
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Honeymoon tour continued: My Rich Life travels in Africa
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Easy To Buy Difficult To Sell—How Are You Showing Up In The Market?
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5 common tax myths could cost you thousands
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4 gift-giving tips to give the perfect present this holiday
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How You Can Avoid Any Potential Family Money Disasters
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5 ways to take control of your finances
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Q&A: What to do when you lose $113,000 in the market
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EP 38: Building Wealth Through Note Investing with the Cash Flow Chick, Paige Panzarello
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Seth Godin on How to Say “No,” Market Like a Professional, and Win at Life (#343)
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Credit dispute: How to dispute any credit issue

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Credit dispute: How to dispute any credit issue
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