Startup Assembly Manual
Nominated for Small Business Book Award 2016
Do you have a brilliant idea for a product or a business and you want to start your own company? SAM is a book for aspiring entrepreneurs who have a great idea and no clue how to go about bringing their dream to reality.
SAM is focused on the foundation of any successful new business: proving you have a saleable product first.
SAM is built from Mr. Freriks’ ACE Methodology, which embodies three basic steps: Assessment, Confirmation and Execution. It is a process of Assessing yourself, your customer, your product and your business concept to generate assumptions about creating a strong product/customer fit. Confirm them by defining and validating your assumptions with research and sales then when you’ve built a provable foundation, you Execute a business planThe goal is to arrive at a powerful Product/Customer Fit and create a market. The assumptions are Confirmed through research and sales, then the validated assumptions are turned into a real, thriving business by Executing the business plan. This book is about adding clarity to the entrepreneur start up business process. It is about helping entrepreneurs find the starting line.
You can’t build a business unless you prove that your product will be purchased by a lot of people.
SAM gives entrepreneurs a clear, efficient, and logical road map. Based on forty years of successful business launches (and a few miserable failures), SAM gives you the benefit of hard-learned lessons.
We cover things like: How do you create a motivated customer and a strong product/customer fit? How do you identify real problems and the real need for a solution? How do you find prospects and communicate that your product relieves their PAIN or creates a GAIN? How do you adapt your product features to fit what the customer will buy?
The ACEumptions Matrix is a way for entrepreneurs to systematically organize all the components of a working business plan. It helps develop the customer, the product, and profitability. The ACE Worksheet is a way to analyze, organize, and prioritize your assumptions.
The focus of “Startup Assembly Manual” is squarely on the product in the “startup” process. Most “startup advice” books focus on the marketing and inspiration needed to launch a product, but only a few focus on the product, which drives the whole thing. Without a good product (or service), your startup will not successfully launch. The book, in particular, embraces its own self-developed methodology, “ACE methodology” (Assess, Confirm, Execute), which focuses on analysis validation, and constant feedback to refine marketing and product design. It features one of the simplest and most straightforward formulas for pricing that a reader will ever see.
From Small Business Trends.
SAM has some very handy tools for helping you get a handle on the essential steps of business-building. The ACEumptions Matrix is the overall organizational tool. Check it out. See also the The ACE Worksheet, a way to analyze, organize, and prioritize your assumptions.
For more information, click on the download button or check out the ACE Methodology website.
Learn how to Pitch to Investors
Many entrepreneurs know nothing about how to pitch to investors. It is important to keep in mind that this is a sales process that can only be done successfully when you, your team, your product/customer, infrastructure and economic proof of concept is ready. SAM will show you how to prepare and present your pitch, providing a logical format to follow that is aligned with what investors want to hear.
Learn how to Get Product-Perfecting Feedback from Customers
The biggest lesson entrepreneurs have a hard time learning is how to spend their time developing customers instead of developing the final product. How do you approach prospects to find out what they really want and will pay for?