It takes a village to raise a kid, but it takes a lot more to run a successful business, a lot more than one might think. Nobody would blame you if you decided that it is too much to deal with. However, we do want to see you succeed, so we decided to give you a hand!
You will hear many stories about overnight successes, or decades-old firms going bankrupt. None of the stories should scare you, or make you careless since your story is unique and different. What happens with your business depends on you and even if you do fail, you can always try again and avoid the mistakes that led to the unfortunate events.
That being said, there is some advice that you could benefit from hearing. Although every situation is different, some general principles are pretty much the same when it comes to starting a new business. If you are just dipping your toe in the entrepreneurial waters and are too afraid to dive deep, this article can help you get prepared.
Being ready for every possible outcome and being ready to improvise when the impossible happens are two of the most important skills a potential entrepreneur should have!
It All Comes Down to You – Stand Your Ground
Being a business owner is much more emotional than working for someone else’s company, even if you are very invested in your corporate position. Once you start fighting for your business you are fighting not only for your income but also for your goals and aspirations, for the security of your family, for the livelihood of everyone working for you.
Every time you have a conflict, or when you are faced with a challenge, your dignity, self-respect and general state of mind are there is well. Therefore, the role of the owner carries so much weight.
Once your business faces its first struggles, as any business does eventually, it matters a lot that you stand your ground. You know why you made those decisions, and compromising for less and settling for halves isn’t going to make your dreams come true.
Make sure that you know why you made those calls and don’t jump at every opportunity to second-guess yourself. Believe in your vision, and others will too.
Hire Like You Are Hiring for Life
Having a good team makes all the difference in business. It also does in sports, personal life, romance… But let’s focus on business now. If you start googling how to make a successful team you will get tons of interesting, scientific, credible articles. The business world is so invested in this topic that Google spent years researching what makes a team great. Do you know what they found out? It’s trust.
If you hire people that are not only good at what they do but you also feel comfortable working with, it will be much easier for you, as a business owner, to delegate responsibility. In turn, they will feel like you trust them, and the incredible cycle of teambuilding goes on and on. Your first hires are the core of your business. Choose wisely.
Never Be Blind-Sided – Hire Experts for Complex Issues
As a business owner, you would like to do everything yourself. Although that is admirable, it is also impossible. It will cause you to burn out. Delegating and outsourcing are a must. So, where should you begin? Our advice is to start with things you are not an expert on, that are also highly important – laws, workplace safety, and taxes. Making a mistake in one of those areas can be costly, time-consuming and potentially fatal for your business.
Let’s take, for example, a tax expert. If you’re a new business owner, you are going to spend hours, days and possibly precious weeks figuring out what the taxes that you are supposed to be paying are. And even with all those resources, you are still in danger of making a grave mistake. By hiring someone experienced and easy to work with, you might be saving yourself not just time and money but also your own peace of mind.
There are many challenges you are going to face during your career as a business owner, and it is impossible to avoid failure and setbacks all together. Sometimes bad times simply happen and there is no going around them. However, if you make sure that the three steps we have mentioned are followed, you will at least be able to steer away from the near-fatal incidents and expensive lawsuits.
When it comes to starting a business, your biggest asset, and the one you should invest most in, is yourself and that is definitely something you should bear in mind.
Published by Michael Deane