Achieving Business Success as an Early Stage Entrepreneur is a blog post by Carol Evenson
Following the unprecedented increase in the number of people turning to entrepreneurship, there’s no denying that owning a business is unusually appealing. It’s easy to understand what creates this feeling. Everyone wants some measure of freedom to be able to make their own independent decisions and run their own show, however, do you know a large number of small businesses close every day? To avoid failure, you must mitigate the potential for failure. Below you’ll find five tips that can help you to start your own business and achieve business success.
Learn Accounting Basics
In early-stage companies, entrepreneurs ensure they are not lacking in the basic fundamentals in most areas especially in the management of their business finances. You don’t have to be a professional accountant but learn how to prepare a basic income statement, balance sheet, ledger books, and any other accounting records that you may need to remain on top the game.
Whether you are familiar with all the necessary accounting procedures and principles or you are an absolute novice, you can ask your mentor, advisor, or an experienced entrepreneur to help you get the right books to read. But if you are on a tight budget, you can use top nonprofit accounting software that can make it easy for you to manage the bookkeeping process, track donations, accept donations, and create financial reports.
You don’t have To Do Everything
While most new small businesses have no resources to employ experts, it’s a mistake to think you have to do everything alone. What if you cannot handle a particular task professionally? Or, what if you are overwhelmed with tasks? Remember producing, delivering, and administrating all things in your company can be difficult and also costly.
It’s advisable to consider outsourcing some of your tasks to experts who can do them professionally for less than you can. When you do this, you get adequate time to focus on what you can do best. Your business can also meet its deadlines and can deliver quality services.
Achieving business success doesn’t happen overnight. You may have to work hard and your relationships may also suffer for some time. You’ll spend a lot of time planning, marketing, networking, and engaging in other vital activities to create a strong brand. Because times can get tough, consider having at least six month’s worth of wages safely banked to cater for your needs during more difficult times.
Let Customers Know What You Stand For
Don’t think it’s the customer’s duty to try to figure out what you stand for. In the past, that could happen. But today the behavior of consumers has changed radically. It takes an effort to develop a strong customer base. Writing impressive words on your marketing materials will not help you much. Hundreds of other businesses are likely making the very same claims. Instead, define your company culture and ensure everyone in your company believes and follows it.
It’s Lonely at the Top
Studies have shown that 50 percent of CEOs say they feel loneliness most of the time. Sixty-one percent of this group of executives believe the feeling of loneliness is inhibiting their performance. Notably, 70 percent of first-time CEOs are more highly susceptible to the isolation syndrome. You can expect to experience the same when you reach the top. But is there a way to prevent the feeling of isolation from taking a toll on you? Whenever you are in doubt, don’t keep quiet. Speak out. Don’t allow frustrations to control your actions.
Now you have some of the most important tips that many entrepreneurs wish they would have known back when they were starting out. The tips certainly don’t guarantee you achieving business success. But they can help you determine whether you have the necessary interest to do what’s necessary to ensure a successful outcome in launching your business and keeping operational for several decades. You can put yourself under the worst possible “what if” scenarios and figure out your possible solutions. This can prepare you in advance to solve any challenges that may emerge in future.
About the Author Carol Evenson:
Carol Evenson is a process automation consultant who specializes in systems management. She has worked alongside Fortune 1000 companies and currently assists organizations within the US and UK.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success