When you’re building your business, planning your next house, thinking of your new website or writing the specs for software, think of how it will be used an year, two years, 5 years, 10 years, 20 years in the future.
Some things you’ll need right there and then. Others will have a life of 5 years. Still others maybe 20-50 years.
Think of the future, map out all (within reason) possibilities and then build accordingly.
Buy that domain name and setup a one-page site about your ‘company’ even if you’re just starting out as a freelance consultant working off contacts you built in a forum.
Register your company and setup a business account when your business starts making money – don’t wait till you ‘really’ need the business proof.
When designing a website, think of how it will be used an year from now, not how it’s being used right now. A lot changes in content and marketing strategies in one year. Everything changes in 5 years, so you design-wise you may not be thinking 5 years ahead but if you’re working on products, 5 years ahead is what you should be aiming for as a minimum.
Build for what you will need in the future. Build to future proof your business.