There are two approaches people usually take to starting a business: The first one is the “it’s easier than it seems” method, where people think that starting a business is not that difficult and that things will simply sort themselves out. The other approach, and the one that definitely has a lot more success is the one where people understand that starting a business is not an easy job and that there is a lot of work involved. But understanding that it’s a lot of work is just the first step – let’s see what the next ones are.
Have a clear mission
No matter what kind of business you’re starting, every organization needs to have a clear message. This doesn’t mean that it should be clear just to you – it needs to be clear to everyone: your employees, your customers and everyone around you. And your mission shouldn’t be just spread through ads and political campaigns; it should be embedded in the core of everything you do, from customer service to the internal affairs of your company. Your message to the world should be short, sweet and easily understood for optimal appreciation.
Learn to delegate
It’s normal to want everything about your new company to be done perfectly, and often it is just too hard to let someone else handle a difficult or important task. But you must understand that you can’t do it all on your own. If you keep doing that, you will burn out after a very short time and there will be nobody left to lead. Hire people you trust and admire and don’t be afraid to let them do their part of the work. This doesn’t mean that you get to sit back and do nothing – supervising is one of the most important tasks and without someone to run the ship, it would all fall apart. You need to look at the business as a complex system, and you can’t simply take some part out and put yourself there, because then your part would be left empty.
Have a healthy working environment
The atmosphere in the workplace is the biggest factor in your worker’s productivity. If you yourself are always tired, annoyed, stressed or angry, they will be the exact same. On the other hand, if there is a driving feeling, people who are happy to be there doing their job and mutual support, your employees – and your company – will thrive.
The second part of a good working environment is good equipment. If you are working in IT, you won’t be able to get any work done if you don’t have the proper computers. Or if you have a cake decorating shop, a turn table and piping tips should be on hand at all times. Think about comfortable furniture, places where the employees can leave their personal things and food, phone line installation and toilets. Make sure that everyone feels comfortable and safe. Have some areas set up in a non-corporate fashion, like lounge spaces, cafeterias and entertainment centers. This will ensure that your employees have a place to spend their break that doesn’t feel like they are still on the clock.
In the end, what really matters is how much you care for the job you are doing and your company as a whole. If you put your heart into it and treat your employees like your friends, you will have a good business that will be there for a long time. Just like if you are doing it for all the wrong reasons it will reflect in your work. So no matter what the challenges are, face every day with a positive mindset and a smile.