Business Support Systems: The Stake


This blog post is a semi-continuation of the Money tree series posted in late July.

Please make reference to that post if you are to get a full picture of what I am discussing today.

There are certain business systems that are efficient in production and output, but they in their very nature face some serious challenges in standing on their own.

When starting up business, it is usually expected that a certain level  of reinvestment or recapitalization of the business will be necessary. It is critical to realize that sudden changes, or the natural progression of the business will require you to invest time, physical and financial resources into the business.

This may be due to the fact that, the business may expand much faster than what was expected, requiring a growth in the capital requirements of the business than what was originally foretasted.

The advantage of such things is that once a business is operational, there is a bit more substance to it and obtaining financing through external investment becomes much easier than when a plan is just on paper.

I have personally felt this pinch with one or two excellent plans that have been well researched but requiring a certain level of start up financing. Especially when you are  a new venturer and everyone else is looking through your portfolio seeking your prior achievements before they can surrender their finances into your hands.

But once a business is operating, even at a small scale, it bears testimony to what it is capable of, and income cases, through due diligence and cash reinvestment, minding cash flow management there is a very high chance that the business may even be able to recapitalize itself.

It may do this even through the acquired goodwill, that increase its value over and above the actual physical and financial asset value it has in its portfolio.

An example of a business system that may require extensive levels of recapitalisation that may take even decades to recover but will definitely be worth it is mining. Substantial amounts of assets have to be bought before production can commence. In cases such as oil rigging, billions may be invested at regular intervals even as the business itself is generating a sizable cash inflow.

However, care has to be taken that recapitalization does not become a perpetual occurrence. A good system is one that ensures that there comes a point when the business reaches maturity, and becomes stable enough to stand on its own and even provide a support base for other expansion plans of businesses in the portfolio of the owners.

Investment in other people’s businesses is also useful because as my mentor always says, “I am not  the smartest person in the world.”

Know yourself


There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending 10% of your time doing something that you do not particularly like because it is your duty to perform this task. Howvever this is subject to the condition that you spend at least 70% of your time doing something that you do like. Then the 10% that you dislike can be easily “swept under the carpet”.

On the other hand, if you spend 10% of your time doing the tasks that you dislike and the other 70% trying to figure out ways to avoid doing the things that you dislike or even worse stuck in a job taht you have no care for for an unforcastable amount of time, then i have to say you are in trouble.

That is the source of chronic depression amongst most adults in this era. The poison that sinks into men’s very livelihoods and threatens to wipe out the very fabrick of their existence.

Anyway the goal of this discussion is not to glorify the objects of our lives that make living life a nightmare brought to life, but to direct the participant towards a purposeful way of living that will ensure that he achieves the goals that he sets out to accomplish and never loses hope in his destiny.

Know thyself, know what you like, what you love and what you have a relentless and undeniable passion for. What you can spend hours at time doing and feel cheated when you have to stop to do another task or duty.

Dont just vagely have an idea of your passion,, but give it time to grow and mature in you. Associate yourself with people that have a similar passion or need within their hearts. Feed it nurture it you may be surprised how in the end your passion will inevitably lead you to your destiny.

Not to say that you will be immediately the grand master of the object of your passion, but given time and effort, you will accomplish tasks that may far exceed your expectations.

God has equiped us with an inert ability that is just waiting to be triggered that we may achieve great things. Same as the lord Jesus Christ sojourned the earth for thirty years before He began His work, after a process of self realisation and purpose orientation in his 40 day fast.

So have we to seek out the time at which we are appointed to carry out the purpose for which we have been placed on this earth.