Sunday, 30 March 2014
As a business owner I have to say that intention and (ongoing) motivation is crucial to the success of a business. Most fail within their first year. Others within three years. There's a reason why banks give a mortgage after only three years bank statements.
It's incredibly hard having your own business. And incredibly rewarding. Yes you're the boss.. but that means you're the leader. Even when you have managers. Management and leadership are two different things.
As my business has grown in the last seven years it's been fundamental that I have staff who follow my (our) dream, ethos, way of doing things.. The vision has to be the same. And that's the tricky bit. No one will ever be as passionate about your business than YOU (no matter their salary).
And if you're looking for a quick buck.. Don't bother. Investing in your business and yourself and your staff is a long term commitment. Financial remuneration is rarely quick.
So you need to steer the ship well. And never let go, even momentarily. It's exciting, invigorating, frustrating, stressful... And I'd never want anything else.
Onwards and upwards to all entrepreneurs who have been bold enough to take a dream and make it their reality!