Being our own boss seems like a dream. You don’t have to answer to anyone else, you can work the hours you want, and for those eCommerce business owners, you don’t even have to get out of your pajamas. As much as being an entrepreneur sounds like a dream come true, what most people don’t realize is how much work and dedication it takes to be successful at it.
If you want to quit your day job and have a successful business, these 6 tips will help you do just that.
Find Your Passion
Don’t just start a business for the money. Sure, everyone wants and needs to make a profit, but if that is your only driving factor in being an entrepreneur, you will quickly begin to hate what you do. What is it you are passionate about? Do you love coding or technology? Are you passionate about fashion and style? Make a list of business ideas you would love to do day in and day out and decide which one would be the most enjoyable for you.
Motivate Your Employees
If you have employees, keeping them happy and enthusiastic will ultimately result in your customers being happy. Incentives like company contests are great ways to motivate your team. One example would be “the person who gets the most sales will win _____ (fill in the blank)”. Also, if employees feel like they are unnoticed, they will begin to slack on their job duties. Doing little things to show your appreciation, like a company picnic, will go a long way.
Customers are #1
The number one focus of your company should be the customers; after all they are the ones who will keep you in business. Respond to any customer complaints in a timely fashion and with a solution to the problem in order to leave these people with a positive impression of your business. Also, the way you and your staff deals with your customers on a daily basis will make a huge difference in whether or not they want to do business with you again in the future. Always have a smile on your face, as well as a friendly, positive attitude.
Acknowledge Your Mistakes
All too often entrepreneurs will look for anyone else to blame for their business not doing well except for themselves. If your business isn’t going as well as planned or there’s a problem you don’t know how to fix, don’t be embarrassed to ask for help.
Be a Constant Presence on Social Media
With billions of people using social media, it’s a great way to get exposure. With networking sites like LinkedIn or Facebook, you can join groups related to your niche or target audience. Interact with others by commenting on their posts, sharing them, and even starting a post of your own. It’s also pretty easy to find your audience on Twitter also by following specific hashtags.
Ask Other Entrepreneurs for Advice
Especially when you are starting out, reach out to other entrepreneurs who have been in your shoes. This is a great way to find out what lead them to success and how you can use some of their advice for your own business.
These ideas should help lead you down the road to success with your soon-to-be or current business venture.
Jaime Cross is a marketing management professional working with Smash Hit Displays, one of the leading trade show booth & display supply professionals in the industry.