Things To Avoid As A New Entrepreneur
An entrepreneur is an innovator. A mover and a shaker, an entrepreneur has such a passion for making the world a better place that he is committed to producing a product or service that will improve the lives of others.
Intelligent, ambitious, and passionate entrepreneurs sometimes jump headlong into a project or business without thinking things through. All the intelligence and drive in the world can’t outmaneuver lousy decision-making. While we will all fall victim to these mistakes and pitfalls, we remain steadfastly hopeful that these blunders will not be enough to topple our business efforts completely.
Smart, Strategic Moves: Learn From The Buffoons Before You
Fortunately for you (and unfortunately for them), many, many business owners have gone before you and made mistakes that you’d be likely to make yourself. Learning from the misfortunes of others may be unfortunate for them, but it will work to your advantage if you take a different course of action.
Do Things Differently: Be Smart!
While your project or service might be an air-tight concept, there are several other aspects of owning and operating a business that you must give attention to succeed long term. A successful entrepreneur wears many hats---everything from scheduling to daily operations and client order satisfaction must be performed with accuracy to ensure that your customers stay happy. Take our advice…DON’T follow in the footsteps of these entrepreneurs who’ve had a bit of trouble staying afloat. Do things differently, and you’ll experience consistent success:
Don’t be in the dark about business basics. A business owner who lacks basic knowledge about how a business runs will not stay afloat for very long. Having a fundamental understanding of investing, budgeting, and managing clients and employees will be essential to your success. If you don’t know anything about operations, find yourself a mentor and get down to the business of learning how everything works. Every aspect of the business must be attended to for it to operate efficiently.
Don’t ignore the fact that competition is real. Your competitors aren’t out to get you, but they’re out to get your customers. Creating a new product or service from scratch is not an easy feat, and the fact that competitors arise validates your efforts. It’ll keep you on your toes as well; don’t think for one second that your service is superior to all others if you aren’t also willing to rock the customer service sector as well.
Don’t place a heavy responsibility on one or two “star” employees. Don’t put all of your entrepreneurial eggs in one basket. While you may have some rockstar employees that perform daily operations faster than a speeding bullet, if you come to rely on them too heavily, you can become disappointed when they either burn out or fail to keep up the momentum. Our advice? Establish a mentorship program with your employees, and have experienced and efficient ones train newcomers to ensure that responsibilities are evenly spread throughout your organization.
Don’t wait very long to get your idea off the ground. We’ve all done it. “I’ll start when I have more pieces in place….I’m not ready yet…just a few more things to do before I do an official launch.” These are all clever code words for procrastination, and they will ensure that you do not achieve your entrepreneurial goals. Take everyday step by step, and as you cross more things off your “to-do” lists, you’ll see that many things took shape while you were busy with daily operations.
Don’t keep your great ideas a secret from everyone. While there is validity in keeping your playing cards close to the chest when starting a business, some of the very best ideas are born from brainstorming sessions with trusted friends and colleagues. Ideas were not meant to be isolated, but rather to grow and flourish. They can only grow when shared. Gather your people around you and engage in meaningful conversations that push all of you forward.
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