As an entrepreneur, being your own boss can be at times more detrimental than it is productive. You find yourself in an office will massive amounts of free time and fast speed internet at your disposals every day. What do you do after you have gone through the previous day’s sales reports? Updating your social media status or reading news online is not a bad thing unless that is what you do all day long. If you find yourself near this road, then you need to repurpose your life; here is a daily tool kit you must carry along every day to stay on course;
1. Dress up for success – being the boss, it is easy to put on a pair of rugged jeans and t-shirt than head for the office. Dressing up can be tedious but you never know when that big client will stop by. You need to be always ready to make a presentation and represent your business even on short notice.
2. Learn from your mistakes – every business enterprise starts from somewhere and for a lot of people the initial stages of any venture are characterized by failure. If you want to succeed in business, you need to move on from a situation that brought you down, plan ahead and focus on success.
3. Lead from the front – giving instructions is easy when you have a team working under you but the successful entrepreneur is a proactive individual. While you may be best suited to make the company’s strategic decisions, tasks such as sales, front office and dispatch are best appreciated when done. You don’t have to take up a role for the entire day but let it be long enough for your employees to see how you expect them to do it.
4. Inspire your crew – There are many ways of doing this; from coining catchy phrases to holding team huddles every start of shift. Whichever way you choose to do it, it is constant as this is what your workers will look forward to each day. It means you acknowledge their hard work and believe in them to deliver.
5. Report to work – as the owner of a business, nobody will question your absence from the workplace but they will notice when you have no idea what is going on at your own company. Keeps tabs of everything that is happening within the company by being present every day; by speaking to at least one person in each department on a daily basis, you will manage to monitor the operations of your business closely.
6. Stick to the budget – this means that you must have drawn a budget way before starting to implement it. On a daily basis, check the expenses and income against your available resources-based-projections and implement measures to ensure that it is followed.
7. Participate in employee welfare – from disciplinary cases to promotions and academic achievements, strive to be fully involved in what your employees are going through to better understand their temperament and attitude towards work.