Posts Tagged ‘good help’

What is Business?

by Vijay Peduru on September 28, 2009

global network of helpThere are a lot of definitions for business. But I am interested in just the simple and fundamental way that we can define a business.

So, what is a business?. Fundamentally, business isproviding good help’.

Think about it. Every human being needs help. Otherwise he or she cannot survive.

Some of you may disagree.

Before you say anything, let us look around in our life. Notice the help we are receiving almost everyday. The jobs we have, the house we live in, the mail we get are all provided by someone else. As human beings, we need help.

The best way to get help is to give help. We work for someone to provide our services and they help us back by giving us money.  When we need help, we typically look for the best help that we can possibly afford.

Over time the market in which we provide “help” keeps getting bigger and bigger with each new radical innovation. When cars became mass produced, people could travel long distances to get the help they needed. This changed the way people used the marketplace. If they wanted a job in another part of town, they could take it, since they had a car to drive to that part of town. If they wanted to buy something which was available in another town, they could drive and get it. When Airplanes were introduced, people could travel around the world to provide their “help” or get the “help” they needed.

In the very old days, a person with a skill could provide help to others living in the same village, for example a blacksmith could provide his service to people in his village. As the tools of transportation and communication evolved, many more people were able to use his services like those in the neighboring villages. Today, with the advent of the internet and the economy changing from an industrial to information age, a guitar maker ( in crude terms, a modern day blacksmith ) in any part of the world can sell his handmade guitars to anyone in the world. Rick Toone does this. I am sure without the Internet, he would not have a large enough audience for his “help”.

Even when we play online games or want to watch a movie, we are looking for the best game or best movie, Since we cannot personally make a game or movie, we are looking for help to be highly entertained. There are free games and free movies but ultimately they exist because both the provider and the consumer get benefited in some way. When you visit Disneyland , you want the best entertainment (help) and Disney can provide that in return for the money (help) you pay to enter.

So, as entrepreneurs, what can we do?

The bottom line is this: As long as we can provide good help, we have a high chance of succeeding as people are always looking for better help.  With the world as our market, there is a high probability that we can find a large enough market that needs our help.

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Vijay Peduru is an entrepreneur in the bay area and is the co-founder of a bootstrapped startup. His interests are bootstrapping, leadership and spirituality.

GiveHelpBI don’t know about you, but this certainly makes my head spin!

Before we set out on our little quest to untangle this, lets start by stating a core truth of life. Everyone needs help. [If you feel you do not belong to this category, try living 1 day of your life without using the bridges (built by others), electricity (discovered by others), food (grown in farms by others)… you get the drift].

What I just said is so fundamental, it is worth repeating again. Everyone needs help. Now, lets begin to untangle the first part of the title of this post…

    “Help yourself… by helping others”.

Given that everyone needs help, so do you. The question then becomes: How do you get good help? The answer lies, ironically, in the question: “How good of a help can you provide others?” This is indeed, quite logical as the better help you can provide others with, the more they will be willing to help you, in return. Pick your favorite leader or entrepreneur and read their autobiography (or biography); you’ll find many stories of how much help they gave and got back.

Time to untangle the final portion, now…

    “helping others … by helping yourself, first”

This simply means that before you provide good help to others, you must increase your own capacity to help. In other words, you need to help yourself first by investing in your education, your skills and your knowledge. Once you are an expert in your field of work, you can help others… and once you help others, some of them will help you back! Lets go back to thinking about your favorite leader or entrepreneur… and you’ll notice that they would have been always working to learn more, gain more knowledge and increase their competence in what they do… so that they have the capacity to help others.

That’s how you get good help… by helping others… but, start with helping yourself, first!

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