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Business Opportunities Filter: helping you evaluate competing options

If you’re in business, you’ve got competing priorities. I recently was facing a complex fork in the road, and rather than just picking it up … I need to understand the consequences of each direction.

What I needed was a filter to help me compare and contrast multiple competing business investment opportunities. I couldn’t find a good one online, so I made my own.

It’s now on Scribd, so if you find it helpful, feel free to download it and use it yourself.

Here’s an embed of the document, and I’ve got a couple of notes below …

Business Opportunities Filter

There’s no scoring mechanism or anything, because I feel strongly that this is just an aide, not a program that you plug information into and presto! there’s the answer. In other words, this filter will not answer the question for you.

What it will do is help you to clarify your thinking and your best data around some key issues that are important to consider before making serious investments in competing directions.


If you are evaluating more than two options, just download the Word version, flip the page orientation to landscape, add another column … and go to town.

Google has much better …

. . . Excel help than Excel.Every single time I need to find out how to do something in Excel, I try to figure it out from Excel help. Search usually gets me nowhere, but sometimes gives me a clue what I should actually be searching on. But the help I usually get is not very helpful.So I turn to Google, and usually on the first page of results, using the search terms that make sense to me (an admitted Excel weenie, and proud of it) I find the answer.Isn’t that bass-ackwards? Shouldn’t the best source of information about your product come from your company?