Your individual creative process will often lead you down the path of having a business idea of some sort. You find a customer need out in the world, and you have a desire to satisfy that need. You figure you can be your own boss this way, and make a difference in the world. However, one aspect of business that is often overlooked during the thoughtful prototyping stage is that of environmental impact. After you complete your idea itself, consider these tips for brainstorming what kind of balance you want to have with the natural environment around you.

Water, Water. Everywhere       

Water usage, water disposal, water filtration, and water levels are all major considerations if you have a brick and mortar business, or if you have to have any kind of storage or warehousing needs. Find an expert water-quality consulting firm in order to find out what your best options are going to be when it comes to these factors.  A professional water management company will ensure that you and your business idea are complying with any regulations that may be out there, as well as giving you the opportunity to find the green balance you want with your immediate environment.

Travel Times and Fuel Cost

Depending on where you plan on locating your business, travel times and fuel costs should be in your environmental considerations. Having a factory away from residential areas is great, but too far away from your employees, and you’ll be dealing with particularly long travel times, even paying attention to fuel-efficient driving, and this can eat into employee happiness as well as burn a lot of fuel that ultimately produces the pollution that has been plaguing corporate entities since the industrial revolution. The important thing is to be smart about location early on in your planning, even if you’re still just trying to find out if your business idea is feasible in the first place.

Growth and Sustainability

A big reason that a lot of great business ideas don’t make it as far as they could is because they aren’t set up to handle quick and focused success. If the infrastructure for an idea is on too small of a scale for when demand hits – that’s when bankruptcy occurs as there is no way to satisfy a spike in client demand. When considering environmental factors, be sure that your business idea can scale quickly and reasonably, without having any time, energy, or resources wasted in the process. Have a plan in advance for how to expand sustainably, even if that means outsourcing a number of jobs quickly at the onset of some type of order. It may seem silly going over these types of scenarios when all you have is an idea on paper, but the more thought you put in early, the less surprised you’ll be later.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to [email protected].