It is often said that the first six months determine whether your business will survive in this competitive era. Then comes thriving and actually churning money successfully. For all this to happen and make your mark on the business world, it is not uncommon to find entrepreneurs working late.
Have Clear Goals
Make a list of your short term and long term goals for yourself and for your company. It may even encompass acquiring a new skill, learning a new language or securing a client. Whatever it is, there should be clear steps and guidelines for achieving the same. This will help you put your business on the map and achieve all the milestones you have set for yourself.
Keep a Productivity Diary
Keep track of your daily activities and how much you are working late. At the beginning, finding a rhythm in chaos will be difficult as setting up everything will be time consuming. Once organization and diligence will creep in, tasks will become easier and more well defined. A productivity planner will help your stay on top of your important tasks and completing them based on their priority. It will also help you stay focused and plan your day in a better manner, thus utilizing all the working time you have available. Encourage your employees to follow this practice so as to improve the productivity of your firm.
Convey The Essence
When you start a business, the kind of business you want to be in and the manner in which you want to conduct the daily affairs should be well defined. This should be conveyed to the employees and to the outside world in a clear and concise manner. This will help you build a unique culture in your company as well as instill a sense of belonging and camaraderie among your employees.
Lead By Example
Gone are the days when leadership was not questioned. Today there are a bunch of people who will point fingers if you do anything wrong. So, the best way to lead today is to lead by example. For that, you have to show that you are better able to do the tasks assigned to them but you choose to delegate anyway so that you can focus on coordinating and managing. Also, if you expect them to stay late and work, you should be prepared to do the same.
Entrepreneurs staying late at the start of the business sends a message to all and sundry that its is your dream that you are working on and you are willing to work extremely hard to achieve it. When things start falling into place, entrepreneurs should hire more people and learn to delegate so as to free themselves up in order to work on building the future of the company. Binding your employees to your company by building a conducive work environment, an open amalgamation of culture and ideas as well as appreciation for a job well done will help your company go a long way.