NEVER hold onto weak employees.
Most of the time entrepreneurs start out with a close team that works together to achieve the vision they created together. If overtime you see one of them underperforming and make it a normal habit to come into work with a bad attitude, you’ve got to let them go. They have become a liability for you and your company to waste time and money.
NEVER say “yes” or “no” impulsively
When asked to do something, whether it’s a favor, a sense of obligation, a business deal, etc., it’s VERY important for entrepreneurs to ask themselves questions before impulsively saying “yes”. Some of these questions could be, “does this fit in my vision, am I doing this out of guilt, will this keep me on track, etc.” Saying yes to something too quickly can cause some major problems down the road.
In addition, do not be so quick to say “no” either, whether it’s a business investment, favor, or any opportunity at that. It’s good to keep boundaries but it’s also necessary to take risks. If someone presents an investment opportunity to you do not be quick to say no to play it safe. However, great entrepreneurs spend some time calculating the risk before jumping into it. Take some time, think it through and then you can say yes or no, it will make you look wiser as well.
This might be an obvious point, but procrastination can also mean taking a longer time on one task which puts off doing another. It’s extremely important for entrepreneurs to be efficient, speed is extremely important especially at the beginning of your career. The faster you get things done the more opportunities present themselves to you. Time management goes hand-in-hand with procrastination. When someone has proficient time management skills they show little to no evidence of procrastinating. Whereas, someone who does not have good time management skills procrastinates immensely and suffers the consequences that comes with it.
According to PMC’s article, The Relationship Between Procrastination, Learning Strategies and Statistics Anxiety Among Iranian College Students: A Canonical Correlation Analysis, authors Shahrum Vahedi and three others claim, “…that in a sample of graduate students enrolled in an introductory level educational research course, academic procrastination was related to a fear of failure and task aversiveness” (Vahedi, 2012). This study shows that one of the components to why people procrastination is fear, and this does not only pertain to college students. We see this in business as well, when we are trying something new and are not too confident about what we are doing it may seem intimidating at first, so our natural instinct is to put it off or try to find a way out of it. However, when you’re an entrepreneur you have to face things every single day that you’ve never done before. This is how you learn and become good at what you do.
NEVER change strategies too often
A lot of people are quick to jump ship when things are not going as they expected right off the bat. It’s easy to let doubt slip into your mind but just remember great things take time, success does not happen overnight. You need to give your strategy some time to show its actual results before giving up. Let’s take blog writing for instance, you will see little to no traffic on your blogs, but you must continue to push out content. I would give this strategy 3-6 months before seeing any hard results. Usually at the 6 months mark you will have somewhat of a gauge on weather this strategy will work or not. Consistency and content go hand-in-hand when launching something new. Staying up-to-date with what people need/want and pushing content regularly will help you in measuring your strategy accurately.
NEVER discount outsourcing
Entrepreneurs have to wear a lot of hats, especially in the beginning of launching their business. A lot of the time they figure that they should take advantage of their knowledge on marketing and sales for example by not hiring help. This is a wrong because as an entrepreneur you need to be focused on steering your businesses vision and growth, not so much the little detailed tasks. According to a survey on Statista, freelancers have increased by 4 million people from 2014-2019. Hiring freelancers by the hour allows you to focus on the big picture priorities your business needs to grow at the rate you need it to. Investing in people will benefit you, your business, and the other people, it’s hard to get a business up and running off the ground without help. In the end it will save you time and money!