Enough has been said about the demographic potential of India. With over 130 crore people, the Indian market is any marketer’s dream project, yet the ongoing “slowdown” has deflated investor spirits and cast doubt on India’s potential. Rating agencies have lowered their outlook. All this is a temporary phenomenon, which warrants little attention.
Quite a few things are working in favor of our country today. A large young population; a huge market, where penetration is not yet deep; development that is far from reaching saturation, etc., make India a promising opportunity for both investors and entrepreneurs. In India, if your product or service is not working, that’s not likely a problem of demand but of a faulty business model or management.
Anything and everything has a market in India. All these markets are far from maturity. This evolving nature of the Indian market can accommodate just any kind of entrepreneur, at any level. If someone fails as an entrepreneur here, it’s likely not the idea but the execution. Similarly, as an investor, you can do well in this country if you simply avoid the pitfalls. As an investor in India, your job is not to look for great companies but simply avoid bad ones. The upside will take care of itself. The upside is built into the investment – such is the case of the Indian market.
This is very different from the case in developed markets where you have to try hard to find growing businesses, both as an investor or an entrepreneur. The so-called great global companies have stagnant revenues and profits in developed markets. Entrepreneurship has reached all echelons of society, with mom-and-pop stores being commonplace. That’s why foreign investors are so keen to invest in India.
So, if you are an entrepreneur, start now. Don’t worry about how good your idea is. Focus on execution. As an investor, pick stable companies with clean managements and just sit back. With time your wealth will naturally grow.