Most business owners finish the week wondering where the time went. For many creative entrepreneurs this is a signal to clear their schedules by outsourcing; the newest trend for busy proprietors is aligning with outside experts for every task that doesn’t entail finding customers and generating sales.
Business cycles are a fact of life for most industries. When business is soft, whether due to macroeconomic factors, seasonal slowdowns or sector-specific trends, it is tempting to hunker down. However, smart professionals look for opportunities to set themselves up for future success.
In building a successful business, you achieved one exciting goal after another, but operating efficiently after achieving your goals is just as challenging. While financial management may seem mundane compared to the thrill of those early startup days, the steps required to maintain profitability demand the same care and dedication as you needed then.
When people complain about your product, service or organization, they are telling you that their needs haven’t been met. If you listen carefully to what they say, their complaints may alert you to a real or potential problem, suggest a better way of handling things, or help you improve your business.
How to Get the Most out of Your Employees Managers need to set clear standards for themselves and others. It’s also important that they walk the walk. Management and leadership are two different animals. Leaders are imaginative, passionate risk takers. They are visionaries who can inspire people and stir emotions. Their main focus is …