Starting a business is like planting a tree.
This thought struck me while doing a spot of gardening this morning. A bit philosophical perhaps, but probably appropriate for the start of a brand new year. After all, they say that:
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now!”
The same is arguably true of a business. So, without any further ado, here are a few thoughts on the similarities between planting a tree and starting a business:
- Location is all important. A good tree in the wrong spot won’t thrive. Neither will a business.
- Think carefully about what to plant. Sure, you can prune or shape, but the fundamental nature is set at the very start.
- Preparation matters. Do the groundwork, place it in carefully, and nurture while young. A strong start helps.
- It can take years to bear substantial fruit. It may even be wise to sacrifice any early fruit to reinvest for growth.
- External factors can have a big influence on success. Pick a good climate, but be prepared for unforeseen events (frosts, heat waves, etc).
Any budding gardeners/business people out there? Feel free to add more to the list.