More people than ever are opting to work in a business for themselves and kick the traditional career path. The pandemic fallout also kicked up the desire to work from home, inspiring even more self-employment for those in business.
Welcome to the wonderful world of business, where everything is roses and sunshine! Or is it?
I think a lot of people have a misconception about working for themselves. It feels like you just get to do whatever you like, and money falls in your lap. But not so fast. There are some things in having a business where you don’t have a choice yet that are essential to your success.
After spending more than half my life as a company owner, I promise you there’s actual work to do as a business owner. Probably a lot more than you thought.
Look, I want you to succeed in your endeavor, and I know you can. So, in this post, I’m sharing a few things to help you do better business and grow faster.
I’ve learned this stuff over many years, and sometimes the hard way. But, I promise, this list will serve you well!
And maybe, keep you grounded and realistic about being a business owner.
For me, owning a company is one of the best decisions of my life. But not everyone is cut out for it.Look, I want you to succeed in your business, and I know you can. So, in this post, I’m sharing a few things to help you do better business and grow faster. #smallbusiness Click To Tweet
In Business And In Your Brand
For starters, you are your business and your brand. The actions you take and the way you conduct business reflect who you are as a brand. Ultimately, customer relationships and trust in you and your services stem from how you operate as a business.
Realizing your actions and abilities do reflect your brand is a reminder of aspiring to a positive leadership role. You want a shiny brand image, don’t you? It’s good to earn the trust and respect of your company, right?
One way to accomplish this is to provide impeccable service to your customers as your first priority. It doesn’t matter whether you provide a product or service; what matters is the satisfaction and delight clients feel.
If your product or service makes people happy, then they will appreciate you as a business. In return, let customers know you appreciate them as well. If you remember to say thank you in business, it goes a long way.
No matter how fantastic you are at marketing your company, writing copy, or whatever, there first has to be value in what you offer. You can’t sell a sub-par product, nor should you want to—the intrinsic value of what you sell matters.
For, I always strive to be “the best in the business,” at whatever I’m doing. Setting your standards high for yourself, your services, and your products serves your company well. It also sets an excellent example for your team as you grow.If you remember to say thank you in business, it goes a long way. #smallbusinesstips Click To Tweet
Say What You Mean
People learn to trust you when you keep your word. The biggest example of this in business is to meet or exceed expectations consistently. No less than above and beyond is good enough.
This means you need to make deadlines, be on time or early for meetings, and show up for whatever you agree to do. You need to show you are reliable. And, when you are reliable, you gain repeat business as clients start to count on you.
The truth is, there’s no late in business, and if you adopt that mindset from the start, you’re already ahead. Also, this is another value for your company to model for crew members.
Set the standards and walk the talk!
It’s good business to say “yes” to customer requests, but it’s not worth it to promise beyond your capabilities. Transparency and honesty are the easiest way to handle such situations.
One possible solution is to build networks with related businesses and service providers to have a subcontracting, rental, or freelance system to collaborate with and share business.
Learn how other company owners handle things. Network with other owners where you are comfortable asking questions or getting opinions. Joining your local Chamber of Commerce may prove helpful for meeting business owners locally.
Finding out how others do things helps you find your way. Eventually, your own best practices develop from a mix of what you discover, test, or learn.
Take it all in, but don’t be afraid to be one-of-a-kind. As you grow, your voice emerges, and you gain confidence in a model that suits you uniquely.Learn how other business owners handle things. Network with other owners where you are comfortable to ask questions or get opinions. via @SueAnnBubacz Click To Tweet
Stay the Course
Business building is a roller coaster. There are always ups and downs. Screams and bends. But don’t fall off.
Great businesses rarely emerge overnight. You need to have some business grit to make it to the finish—or don’t even get on the ride!
One thing I learned early on is not to evaluate results day-to-day. Take a more comprehensive view for a more accurate picture like weekly, month-to-month, or quarterly, even.
Watching sales too closely makes you feel out of sorts and distorts your ability to do your best work in some cases. This is especially true when you’re just starting.
Every step forward is progress, and moving forward with the many parts of your business takes time.
Therefore, concentrate on reaching the big picture and take action steps to get there. Don’t get hung up on day-to-day sales! Seriously.
In fact, you’re much better off paying attention to customer service, operations, and product improvement. But, don’t worry, cash flow will follow.Therefore, concentrate on reaching the big picture and take action steps to get there. Don’t get hung up on day-to-day sales! #smallbusinessowner Click To Tweet
The Success of Your Business
I notice how often success comes your way when you are merely working away at your business. Much more so than when you are preoccupied with earnings. Customer relationships, customer care, and customer service are the best places to emphasize your company rather than focusing on the bottom line.
Sure, if you aren’t making money, you aren’t a business. But, emphasizing only making money in your everyday work, more so than doing good business, is often a huge mistake. Honing your business skills, perfecting products and services, and giving your clients the attention they need and deserve gets you sales.
Plan and control taking your business higher. We’d love to hear how your small business is doing as 2023 has begun.