A great way to screw up your company is to get into the habit of blaming your suppliers, the market, your staff or your product for your…
If you’re stuck in the brainstorming stage, the first step is to focus on two questions: ‘Why?’ and ‘Who?’ Do you constantly have great business ideas which fall to the wayside because you just don’t know how to turn those daydreams into reality? If you’re stuck in the brainstorming stage, that’s probably because you don’t know what to do next.
Success is not an accident. It happens for a reason, because of the things put into it. It is the result of a consistent, deliberate process.And it’s nothing new.
The game of entrepreneurship can feel like a never-ending round of Chutes and Ladders. Just when you think you’ve reached a new level, everything you worked for suddenly takes a turn, and you are faced with the daunting task of toughing it out or letting it all go.
And sometimes, even when things seem fine, those in charge walk away willingly. Here’s a big example. Instagram cofounders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger recently decided to separate from their cyber baby and move on to their next innovation. Though this news came as a shock to many, including those within the Instagram camp, it’s not uncommon for business people to shift gears to create something new. (Some are considering the move Systrom and Krieger’s way of separating from Facebook while the tide is still high.)
Many people believe that successful entrepreneurs are born to take risks.
Either you were an eight-year-old with a lemonade stand or you don’t have the right stuff.
I disagree. I’m not fearless and I don’t take risks.
by Aytekin Tank Founder and CEO of JotForm
What most bloggers seem to forget that running a blog is the equivalent of providing a service for your customers. Essentially, you are helping your customers to achieve something. No matter what that something is. In short, you need to be focused around the results that you are providing for your customers. You need to do everything in your power to help your customers achieve their goals.
The stories we tell ourselves
But it’s not just the company story. In business, you’re entangled in a web of stories that inadvertently affect all of your actions. In fact, you are constantly surrounded by at least four types of stories:
Traditionally, startup businesses draft a business plan for three specific reasons: to articulate their vision for the business, to document how they plan to solve key challenges, and to pitch their business idea to potential investors. But what if I told you that business plans for startup companies are usually not worth the effort? […]
There’s a disturbing myth out there telling new freelancers they need to charge low rates in order to gain clients.
Something about how they don’t have any experience, and clients won’t work with them unless they give their services away…
And don’t worry, I went through that myself, which is the same reason wanted to tell you one little secret…
“It’s complete bullshit”
How to manage the moving parts of running a business. Our attention spans as business owners is often being pulled in multiple directions. Between clients, marketing, administrative tasks and the financials, we can feel overwhelmed by running a business. We can also find ourselves confused about which tasks to focus on and when. I’m telling you right now that running a business well comes with experience. However, there are things you can do to set yourself up for success early on. Here are some of the ways you can manage the multiple parts of running a business.