Here Are 6 Important Tips For Non-Tech Entrepreneurs In Building Digital Businesses

According to a report released by Nasscom and Zinnov, more than 2,250 startups were added in the year 2021. This number is 600 more than what was added in the previous year, said the report.

These are encouraging numbers for investors and future entrepreneurs, but it is important not to count your chickens before they hatch. Data also suggests that 75 percent of all startups fail, and more importantly - 90 percent of all products fail

While digital businesses have a lot to do with the product they bring to the market, it can seem all the more daunting for non-tech entrepreneurs looking to be the next Jack Ma or Evan Spiegel. 

So, if you are a non-tech entrepreneur looking to ride the digital wave, here are some things to watch out for:

1. Start with a problem you wish to solve, not a product you wish to build.

This may sound counterintuitive if you are already designing presentations that detail your dream digital product and its long list of features, but the starting point of any great product is always a pain point that needs solving. If you cannot describe the problem statement without involving your product, go back to the drawing board. 

2. Do not confuse product features with customer needs.

Your customers’ needs are closely linked to their pain points and your product’s features are only one of the many ways that can solve these needs. Always focus on the needs first, and let the product follow.
Eventually, this would also make it easier for your digital business to address the elephant in the room at a product level. Instead of wasting resources in building ancillary features that might be a “good-to-have” for your customers, it would allow you to focus on the “must-have”. 

3. Figure out your business strategy first.

With digital businesses, like with any other business, the key is to get the business strategy correct. There is no golden rule for building digital products, and what might work for your business might not work for another. It does not matter if you are a tech company or a tech-enabled company, as long as you have happy customers, happy employees, satisfied investors and a successful business.

4. Be wary of buzz-word technology.

A competitor might be using artificial intelligence or machine learning to get from point A to point B, but it might not always fit into your strategy too. Incorporating unnecessary tech into your digital business not only increases your digital wastage, but also blurs your vision of best tackling the problem that you had set out to solve. 

5. Learn to embrace technology.

You might have hired a great CTO along with a capable tech team to help with your digital business, but as an entrepreneur, you need to know how it all strings together. Take some time to figure out the basics - how the back-end is different from the front-end, and how consumer interactions online are recorded in databases, etc. This will not only help you stay on top of the business, it will also give you the right tools to understand business requirements of future clients.

6. Let numbers speak for themselves.

Non-tech entrepreneurs can often be overwhelmed by the vast sea of technology that keeps getting harder to understand as you go deeper, but it is important to remember that as an entrepreneur, you are simply navigating your ship across this vast sea. Once your ship starts to gain momentum, the winds will start to blow and the numbers of your digital business will easily eclipse the complications of technology. 

To wrap this up, there is some great advice that Andi Hadisutjipto, the CEO of Riviter, has for non-tech entrepreneurs. Hadisutjipto says: “Once you have a working product, the objection of worrying about your tech skills is eliminated. Once the product exists, then it’s about sales or marketing.”

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