By Jerry Mooney
Before we start, notice that it doesn’t say "perfect boss". As an entrepreneur, you don’t need to be perfect. What you do need, however, is to lead your business venture to the healthiest position it can be in.
Here are five simple yet essential tips that will help you overcome the various issues. Embrace them immediately, and your company will reap the rewards in no time.
Time is money in business; that’s something you learn on day one. Therefore, maintaining a great sense of organization should be one of the top items on any boss’s agenda. And the best way to do it is to embrace a paperless office.
Meanwhile, scheduling meetings to be quick but effective will ensure that the whole team retains a better sense of direction. Perhaps most importantly, though, you need to know where you stand financially. If nothing else, being on top of things will give you greater clarity for the daily running.
Taking responsibility is arguably the most important demand on any entrepreneur. More than anyone else, you need to think about the needs of your customers. Unfortunately, ignoring this could soon leave them feeling alienated. So providing a quality service is key.
With a professional merchant account, transactions will be easier and smoother for the client. This in itself can have a huge impact on their probability of using the business again. Use better customer support to complete the comprehensive service, and you’ll be viewed as a far greater boss by the customers.
Dress To Impress
In the harsh environment of modern business, you soon realize that first impressions count for a lot. As the boss, you are the face of your company. Therefore, you need to represent it in a winning manner because people will be judging you straight away.
Aside from looking after your personal appearances, you need to think about your business car and other features. They may feel like gimmicks or accessories. However, if they help achieve greater respect from customers and employees, they can only benefit your venture.
Know Your Strengths & Weaknesses
Like anyone else, you’re only human. You know your business better than anyone, but it doesn’t mean you can manage every last aspect on your own. If you need help in the form of graphic designers or other experts, don’t be afraid to embrace it.
Not only will it boost the overall output of the business, but it will let you focus on your strengths too. If nothing else, you’ll get more enjoyment out of the job that way. And your improved emotions should filter out throughout the whole company.
Last but not least, you need to be supported by a winning team. Even after recruiting brilliant employees, it’s imperative that you keep the staff motivated. Otherwise, the standard will soon slip.
Leadership is a killer attribute for any boss. Even if you aren’t naturally confident, you can teach yourself to become a better motivator by speaking with conviction. To do this, you’ll need confidence in what you do. Employees will soon follow, and it could be the key to achieving your goals.
Jerry Mooney is co-founder and managing editor of Zenruption and the author of History Yoghurt and the Moon. He studied at the University of Munich and Lewis and Clark College where he received his BA in International Affairs and West European Studies. He has recently taught Language and Communications at a small, private college and owned various businesses, including an investment company. Jerry is committed to zenrupting the forces that block social, political and economic justice. He can also be found on Twitter @JerryMooney