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Tip # 1 Map your current business model on a large poster with 3M post it notes.
It is important to start with your current business model first. This will create a shared language with your team members AND more than 70% find opportunities for improvement. Post it notes that stick are helpful working on the wall. Sorry, 3M works best.
Tip # 2 Don’t try this alone. Let your colleagues help you!
You’ll get much better and faster results if you map a business model with other people like your colleagues or team members. Different perspectives offer new interesting insights.
Tip # 3 Visualize your business model!
After you have put the post-it notes on the business model canvas, it is hard to explain the results to others. Visualization of your business model will support your optimization and innovation discussions. Look at our business model visualization of FIFA or Sellaband.
Tip # 4 Translate 3 trends into your business model!
We know what’s going on in our market place. But do we translate trends and developments into our business model? Can we transform it into value for our (potential) customers? Translate 3 trends into your business model!
Tip # 5 Learn from other business models!
Do not think you need to re-invent the wheel. Easyjet learned from SouthWest Airlines… If you model other business models in to the canvas, you will be amazed how much you can learn from them.
Tip # 6 Do not rely on 1 model, build prototypes.
The world is not predictable. You do not know if your business model will work. Build prototypes to shorten time to market and learn by doing building business model prototypes.
Tip # 7 Apply business model patterns
What happens if you apply business model patterns to your business model? Does the longtail affect our model? What happens if we we offer things for free?
Tip # 8 Build a (self) sustainable business model.
In this business model from a saw mill in Tanzania, the chopped wood is re-planted. By this means the business model is self sustainable. Can your model be self-sustainable?
Tip # 9 “Show me the money!”
If your business model will not make any money today, it most probably won’t do tomorrow. So, “Show me the money!”
Tip # 10 Consider Beyond Profit
Nowadays there is a new school of entrepreneurs emerging. Profit with a purpose. What is your purpose besides profit?
Ooops! Use the business model canvas ;-)
Try to explain a business model without the canvas… This one might look obvious, but it isn’t. Use the business model canvas for business model innovation.