Ponder & Prepare: Stop Your Startup Sliding Down The Slippery Slope
Everyone who has ever run a business or even wondered about starting up a business, they often wonder how to keep the business on track! It has to be like a ‘well-oiled train caboose that travels well on the tracks of success’! In this contributed article, you will get some useful information to help you keep your business on track!
Of course, we’re all aware of the importance of preparation. Preparation is key. Start as you mean to go on. We’ve heard them all before, but what does this really mean?! When your startup company odds of survival, depending on where you look, means that approximately 80% to 90% will end up on the scrapheap, this doesn’t inspire confidence. So, how can you prepare adequately before your business goes the way of many startups?
Keep Your Friends Close, But Your Colleagues Closer…
Our workers, employees, and colleagues are the front lines of our company. They are the glue that binds it all together, and you need to bend over backward in accommodating their needs. Combine this with a solid working plan to minimize workplace stress, and encourage productivity, and you’ve got it set.
How do we do this?
Look at the modern stresses in today’s workforce: childcare, overworked, underpaid, and the list goes on, but it boils down to the fact that workers feel the pinch in practically every angle. So, figure out what it is that your employees need to work happier.
They may need to work from home on occasion so they can alleviate the pressures of their personal life, and this is something that can be easily set up. Morale is the bugbear of most companies, and it needs to be kept under control.
As soon as your business is unhappy in an all-encompassing sense, then people will look elsewhere for work, and succumb to stress and anxiety, which has a knock-on effect on your business processes. Workers don’t want to be treated as part of a machine and remember this when you begin your startup journey. You will feel the pressures at the beginning, more than anyone, but if you pile this pressure onto your workers, they aren’t going to last long, and neither will you.
Tech It Or Leave It…
It’s very simple; productivity is about man and machine working together in tandem. One supports the other, and you’ve got a company that is firing on all cylinders. We’ve seen what a CRM can do for any business where communication with customers on a consistent basis is vital to generating leads and that relationship that exists between the customer and the company.
These “back-office” functions are what can keep a business ticking, and by understanding what you need, in a technical sense at the very start, will make everything easier for you. There are many aspects to consider.
Lots of these can be fixed by implementing a proper system, but field service management software is another option that is working to make almost every aspect of running a business easy. Put simply, technology is the framework you can hang your business on. And because you cannot escape technology, you need to embrace as many parts of it as you can.
It can be argued that we are relying too much on tech, but because we cannot function without tech now, embracing it seems to be the best option to make our daily practices work effectively.
Keep Your Eye On The “Objective” Ball…
Objectives are the railroad your business travels on. Yes, it’s a trite analogy, but with objectives and constant keep-in touch sessions to ensure that your team is on the same page and you are all working as smartly as you possibly can, this will create a solid unity between company and worker alike.
The best way to do this at the very onset is to have a short, but effective, meeting every morning. 15 minutes is adequate to make sure that you lay out the goals for the day, everyone knows what they are doing, and if there are any issues, then they can be ironed out before the working day begins.
You can either have too little or too much communication, and employees need to feel that they know what they are doing and how they are going to do it, and that is their journey. You can help guide them in that direction, but it’s your duty to make sure everyone is working together well and that the air is clear before a working day begins.
When it comes to objectives, everyone is accountable for their own goals. This encourages responsibility and ownership, but combine this with the teamwork, and it will create a positive workplace culture. This is where everyone will benefit.
As well as short-term goals, long-term ones are vital to ensure survival. Daily tasks keep people focused, but it’s the far-reaching ones that will encourage ambition. It’s not just you that needs the ambition, but it needs to form part of the workplace fabric. Once the long-term goal has been achieved, it’s time to move onto another, and another, and this is how you are going to grow.
To Thine Own Self Be True…
It’s your business, and it’s your vision, but is it keeping you happy and energized? Lack of belief in the potential of anything will sap the life out of it. So, consider your own feelings and if you are putting everything that is required for the project.
If you don’t attack each new day with excitement, and you view the day as a series of mounting personal and professional pressures, this will form anxiety, and you may subconsciously sabotage your business. This means examining your needs, and if the business fulfills these for you.
You need to trust your instincts, and you need to address your attitude to the workload. This is where the work-life balance problem rears its ugly head. If you’re not happy in any respect, it’s going to translate to your work. So get your priorities and, to an extent, your mind, organized, this will help to establish what sort of business you would like to run. Do you want to create a workplace culture that is positive? Then you’d better practice what you preach!
The concern of going the way of many startups is all too real, and we need to establish a sense of internal and external organization. So, take a look at yourself. Ensure that your business is on its way and not in the doldrums of despair!
Much success on your journey to success.
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