The road to success is long and hard, and sometimes it’s never clear whether you’ve reached your destination. People who manage to break out of the nine to five work pattern and establish their own business have one disadvantage to those who choose to continue climbing the corporate ladder; they rarely have a clear indicator of whether they’ve really “made it.” Of course, the fact that they’re still in business and making a steady profit might be an indicator, but sometimes success isn’t necessarily measured by one’s bank balance. If you’re looking for something more concrete, here are a few signs that you’re still on the road to success.
Binary logic can’t be applied to everything. Input/output, yes & no, 1 & 0, all or nothing. There is a lot of freedom in a lot of avenues in life and in most instances there will be more choice than binary can provide. This happens when you’re in a normal role, but it doesn’t happen when you are in business. There will always be so much to consider in business. From how you brand your business, to how your build up your startup team. As a business owner or an entrepreneur starting out on the business journey, you’ve always got to be completely on your toes and always processing. With so much to analyze you can see why the business of startups are boom and bust. Not many ideas will make a successful business and less so if they are not well thought out. That being said – even a smart idea with good planning can succumb to the binaries of business reality.
Being a founder, CEO and driving force of a business on a day to day basis can be truly exhausting. There is so much that you have to worry about that it can be overwhelming. When you start out, you have to do everything because otherwise, your business will simply not exist. That means sourcing investment revenue so you can cover your start-up costs and then fulfill your fiduciary responsibility from that point on either for the rest of your career or until you buy out your initial investors. Then there is the issue of hiring and managing your employees. This requires that you be a leader which necessitates great people skills. You also need to be able to ascertain exactly how to get the best out of the people that work for you. You’ll need to get to know them, their strengths and weaknesses and what’s going on in their personal lives. Some people are better suited to certain environments (like an office for instance) than others so knowing where to put each person (some people are better at working remotely) so that they work to the best of their ability is crucial. And that is just the start.
Success can be just as difficult as starting out sometimes. Once you find yourself running a successful business, there will be all sorts of other stresses and pressures that you may not have anticipated. Some of these are logistical. However, there are also lots of ways of dealing with them. If you think that you could run your business more efficiently, here are a few tips on how to do it:
The small things in life, and in business, aren’t actually that small. In fact, it is these tiny little things, the things we may consider to be minutiae, that often hold the most sway over our chances of success. Worry about the small things and the big things will take care of themselves, that’s how the saying goes right. Of course, if that isn’t enough to peak your interest, Steve Jobs believed that success was in the detail, and he was what we could call quite successful.
You see, all too often we get worked up about the bigger things that affect our business, and our hopes, even though we usually tend to have very little or even no influence over these things. That’s where the little things come in, because these are the things we do influence and control, and these are the things that your customer’s notice when they do business with you. For example, there is nothing you can do about a competitor setting up shop across the street, but your offering better.