Warren Buffett emphasizes building a business with a strong “moat,” or barrier to entry, likening it to an economic castle. For coding businesses, increasing this barrier involves enhancing skills, investing more money in high-ROI activities, and dedicating focused time. This approach, as Buffett suggests, makes a business more robust and profitable.
I just watched the 2000 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholder Meeting because I was interested in how Warren Buffet commented on the burst of the Internet Bubble.
Warren Buffet thinks of each business as an economic castle. As a businessman, he wants to create businesses with a large “moat” — the protection against “enemies”.
If you are starting your own coding business, it’s an important question for you, too:
How can you increase the barrier of entry to your coding business?
In a recent video, I talked about different ways of increasing the barrier of entry if you are currently creating your first coding business.
In principle, there are only a few general ways of increasing the barrier of entry. Each of them will make your business more robust, increase the “moat” of your business, and increases profitability:
- SKILL: Increase your skill-level at your core business activity. If this is coding, move from being among the top 50% of coders to the top 40% to the top 30%. Each time, you move to the right, you’ll increase profitability not linearly, but exponentially!
- MONEY: Invest more money in your business (and invest into the things with highest ROI). The more money you’ve invested in high-ROI activities (such as product creation and investing in your own skills), the higher the protection against other businesses.
- TIME: Invest more time in your business than anyone else. That’s why you need to focus on one business at-a-time. If you invest your time in two businesses, you’ll get destroyed by the focused people in both areas.
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“Ultimately, there’s one investment that supersedes all others: Invest in yourself,” Buffet argues in a recent Forbes interview. “Nobody can take away what you’ve got in yourself, and everybody has potential they haven’t used yet.” — Warren Buffet
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