As An Entrepreneur, You Are Not an IslandSam Bahreini
The days when lone business founders who did everything in secrecy were revered are long gone. Today, not many businesses or entrepreneurs can survive in business let alone succeed without the input of others.
New and experienced entrepreneurs alike have to come out of their comfort zone and network with like-minded people if they’re to grow their businesses. Instead of looking to yourself for inspiration, you have to focus your attention outward for motivation, positive criticism and exchange of ideas. We discuss ways through which an entrepreneur like yourself can benefit from the power of collaboration in business.
Join a Network of Peers
Although it might mean going contrary to your character, surrounding yourself with other potential business people comes with immense benefits. In such teams, you meet other like-minded people who are as motivated as you to soar high in business. It’s an excellent place to incubate your ideas and possibly find co-founders, financiers, advisors and investors.
It’s in such groups where you can keep up with the latest in the business world. You can exchange and even compare your ideas with your peers. Besides offering helpful business advice regarding a good business idea, you can learn how to handle any predatory investors out to take advantage of your ignorance with unrealistic terms.
Find a Mentor
Without a doubt, as a new entrepreneur, you feel really charged and have a multitude of ideas and ambitions, all which are great. However, most first-time entrepreneurs lack real first-hand world business experience. Don’t be one of those entrepreneurs who shy away from asking for help even when it’s evident you need it.
Most of us view it as a burden to admit that we lack the business skills. Worse still, we think that we’ll become a bother if we ask for help from successful entrepreneurs because they’re possibly too busy to find time for us. A new entrepreneur should understand that before these people reached their peak in businesses, they started from square one and they’ve had their fair share of struggles too.
Considering the different waves that can blow up even the best of the best business ideas, it makes sense to have a mentor on your side. Mentors have realized a certain level of success in their various businesses and were in your position at one time. Share your business ideas with them and let them offer guidance where possible. There’s usually a thin line between success and failure in business, and your fate will be determined by your willingness or unwillingness to reach out for help from coaches and mentors.
Leverage on Business Connections of Your Advisors
Something every new entrepreneur has to bear in mind is that having and coach on your side will be opening doors for your business. The advisors, mentors, and coaches have created lots of business networks and relationships throughout their careers. Involving them in your business will get them to introduce you to these connections in your journey to becoming a top entrepreneur. It’s the best way to tap into this rear resource giving you an incredible start that otherwise you wouldn’t have access to.
Strike a Balance between Your True Business Vision and Outside Advice
Undoubtedly, having a mentor or a business advisor is noble. However, although they’re experienced, you should not allow their advice to overshadow your vision and cloud your judgment regarding the decision making and management of your business. You know the direction you want your business to take better and it makes sense to always stand your ground even when you seek advice. Be sure to keep a clear and focused mind at all times. The way to go is to listen to the advice but make your judgments and decisions on your own.
Prioritize Your Employees
As an entrepreneur, being bossy will not help your business to grow. The goal should be to give the integral employees the opportunity and support to prove them themselves. Have them aligned to the business goals and the future. A successful way to bring the best and the brightest minds to your team is to use your employees. For example, you can offer incentives for those employees who bring in potential A-players who’ll share their experience and new perspectives, so your business continues to grow.
Invest in Your Employees
Successful businesses are known to create a workplace that provides work growth opportunities for employees. For instance, you can move them to different departments so they can gain skills and new perspectives and also offer their contributions where they can. Get them trained so they can bring the new and fresh ideas into the business and see your business grow.
Inspire New Leaders
The future of any business depends immensely on the employees’ satisfaction and success. If you want to make a good team of employees, then you need to keep them motivated as well as engaged.
Come up with ways of identifying those employees who’ll go to whichever lengths to ensure that the business keeps running. You can be sure they have a lot of excellent ideas that they’re willing to share that will see the business continue to profit. The next step is to make them part of the decision-making panel. You might be shocked when they deliver fantastic business ideas that will change the course of the business for the better.
Things to Learn From the Engaging Likeminded Entrepreneurs, Mentors, and Employees.
Always have confidence in your ideas and don’t be afraid to pursue your business goals.
Every business comes with potential risk. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Failure is part of business, and every entrepreneur should learn to embrace it.
Businesses and start-ups do not have rules. You learn by doing, and an entrepreneur wishing to succeed shouldn’t accept ‘no’ for an answer.
Success in business comes from interacting with other successful people. Surround yourself with bright minds and benefit from the wealth of ideas and resources they accumulated over the years.
Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or a veteran entrepreneur, it pays a lot to involve a business advisor, your employees as well as likeminded entrepreneurs. Investing in your employees will help to keep them in line with the goals and the vision of the business. Surrounding yourself with fellow entrepreneurs equips you with fresh ideas and perspective and the possibility of landing potential investors and partners.
Through the advice offered by successful entrepreneurs, you can avoid costly mistakes and keep your business on a success trajectory. Besides, mentors, advisors and like-minded entrepreneurs can connect you the business networks they’ve nurtured over the years, giving your new business the much-needed boost. It’s difficult to break-even as a solo entrepreneur today; reach out to your industry networks and maximize on your growth.