The road of entrepreneurship is a tough and tumultuous one, and that is why it is always advised that you look at the way other successful entrepreneurs handled there business and emulate the habits they admitted got them to the top.
This is not to say you should model you life choices and decisions after you, it is just saying you should find a way to infuse these obviously healthy habits to your daily routine.
Because let’s face it, if they took a path and it worked for them and yielded positive results then it strongly suggests that their tips may work for you too. ‘
Below listed are
10 Entrepreneur habits that will surely keep you on your A game as an entrepreneur.
- Wake Up early
This is the first habit on the list because it is more or less one of the best ways to start your day as an entrepreneur. There are only 24 hours in a day, it is advised we sleep for at least 8 hours so we have 16 hours to give to our work and of course all the daily contingencies that happen on us will somehow reduce that number to 10.
Contingencies like traffic, or even queues at gas stations. Waking up early and putting yourself out there early enough is a sure way to make sure these everyday mishaps don’t shorten a number of hours you can devote to working on your business. So if you want to give your best to your business everyday then waking up early has to be a habit for you.
- Read Good Books
Books are the perfect recreation for anyone who is interested in deepening his knowledge and understanding of happenings around him. And not just any books, books with good content and good value.
It doesn’t necessarily have to matter what the books are about. You should read books on diverse topics cos that may be the only chance you get to learn about the topics. You can read on anything at all. And also aside widening your knowledge books also help to improve your vocabulary. Reading is definitely a habit you must cultivate.
- Be updated
You have to stay updated, always know what is happening around you. Your world does not have to begin and end with your business. Know what trends people are investing in, know who the key people in politics are. Read newspapers. Stay updated.
As a matter of fact paying attention to the developing trends will help you know how to take advantage of the trends and better exploit them to the advantage of your business.
So make it a habit to read the papers at everyday so you don’t miss a thing.
- Maintain A Good Relationship With Your Customers
Sam Walton the owner of Walmart- one of the largest multinational retailing corporation that operates as a chain of hypermarkets, discount department stores, and grocery stores in America and also the largest private employer has this to say about the customers;
There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.
So you see, pampering your customers is really important to the growth and health of your business. Find a way to keep them coming back to you, give them something they won’t get anywhere else so they will have no choice but to come back. Good customer service is hard to find these days, do not be found wanting in that area.
Make it a habit to always check up on your customers as much as you can and to keep in touch with them so they feel valued by you.
- Maintain A Good Relationship With Your Employees
Sam Walton has this to say about how important it is to treat your workers right;
If you want the people in the stores to take care of the customers, you have to make sure you’re taking care of the people in the stores. That’s the most important single ingredient of Wal-Mart’s success.
Your business is literally in the hands of your workers, they are the ones that run the business in your absence and everyone know just how much damage an unhappy worker can do.
This is not to say you should let your employees rule over you, just be sure you are giving them fair and proper treatment by all standards. Make it a habit to listen to whatever suggestions they may have and also to attend to their complaints.
As a business owner you represent your business anywhere you go and with anything you do. If you are always making headlines with controversial things that make people start breeding negative feelings for you then people will also treat your business the same way.
They will transfer the bad vibes to your business and it will not be good. This is not say you should not have your own voice, or you should trim and strangle your opinions to suit the public, just keep in mind that people associate your actions to your business- good or bad.
Always have a target for everyday and stick to achieving it. Focus on your business, on growing and expanding it and don’t let frivolities distract you.
If you are working on a project focus on it and keep at it until you have it fixed.
- Keep The Romance Out Of Business
This is a flaw most men have. They see a potential business associate or client and then because she is female they suddenly forget about the formalities and proceed to make romantic advances at her.
Behavior like that will definitely put the ladies off and send them running to other more serious minded people to do business with.
- Always Have A Back Up Plan
Never ever put all your eggs in one basket. Always have a backup plan. Don’t always assume that one way will fix whatever problem you have.
Have many back up plans to fall back on in any eventuality.
- Give back to the society
Find a way to give back to the society. Donate to charity, give to people in need. Find a way to do good. It always comes back in wonderful measures.
The universe always finds a way to help people that have helped.