So, you’re ready to start your business venture. Great! Get off on the right track by following a few simple “DO’s and DON’Ts.”
1 Don’t take anything personally
Having your own business may feel like you have a child at times. You are protecting your child and you’re extremely attached. Just like every child grows differently this means you have to learn and respond as you grow. This means you should not get beat down by everyone else’s opinions.
2 Be persistent
Working for your goals can be difficult at times. But you can’t fail if you keep trying. It’s important to stay positive at all times. Having a poor attitude can be the killer for you.
3 Have a strong work ethic
Friends, relationships and family are important, but sacrifices and trade-offs have to be made. Anything worth having requires old-fashioned hard work.
4 Stay within professional boundaries
Be careful of developing personal relationships with clients. When setting up a business you are in continual contact with people. It’s important to treat everyone friendly, but sometimes it can really work against you to build a personal relationship as expectations change.
5 Educate yourself on your profession
It’s important and crucial to learn from every professional expert in your field, to learn specialties, and to make it your own.
6 Don’t spread yourself too thin
Be aware of your time and avoid drowning so you can stay right to the core of job, which is to create. Every now and then it’s easier to say yes to every side of a business venture, but stay true to your skill set and talents and delegate accordingly. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself in a sea of stress.
7 Get everything in writing
Did you have a talk or come to an agreement on the phone or in person? Too bad, it may as well not have existed. In the world of business, words mean nothing and paperwork is paramount.
8 Always take the high road
Business is not always beautiful so walk away classy. Doesn’t matter how fired up you may get with a client or anyone else, stay strong and move on. It’s not only not worth any of your time, it can also redirect your energy in wasted areas.
9 Don’t work with or refer your friends
That’s a risky path to take, don’t be responsible for your friends. Just do friend things, go for drinks with them on the weekend.
10 Have fun
When setting up a business, you have to remind yourself that it’s about enjoying it and letting your business become your career and not a job. It’s exciting to be able to build something for yourself.