Common Startup Challenges for Entrepreneurs

As startups are established, entrepreneurs often struggle for many reasons.  They either push through the challenges and succeed, or quit early on.  Every entrepreneur knows there will be obstacles.  Some of those are anticipated, some are not.  The best way to overcome them is to be prepared. Here are some challenges startups face:
  1.  Capital:  If entrepreneurs don’t have money to put into office space, products, or marketing, then they’re not going to get very far.
  2. Time:  If entrepreneurs don’t manage their time, everything will be put off and the company will stop growing (or not grow at all).
  3. Comfort Zone:  If entrepreneurs don’t put themselves beyond their comfort zone, they may miss opportunities that will make their startup thrive.
  4. Coach: If entrepreneurs don’t have a coach, they may not have the proper person to lean on when major decisions have to be made.
  5. Marketing:  If entrepreneurs ignore proper marketing channels, sales won’t grow and their startup will not survive.
  6. Plan: If entrepreneurs don’t have a plan in place, they may not be ready for the unexpected, which can cause their startup to go under, quickly.
Entrepreneurs need to be prepared for these challenges, and many others.  The key take-away from this is to plan ahead, have the right people by your side, and be ready for anything that may come your way. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How to Effectively Lead a Team

If you are leading a growing company, you want to deliver desired results and be respected by your team. It is possible to lead a team and maintain a positive environment.  Ideally, you want to become more than just a boss.  You want to become an effective leader. Tips to become an effective leader: 1 – Don’t keep changing methods.  Find a specific strategy and stick to it.  Constantly changing directions can make a team feel frustrated, never knowing when the next time will come when you’re planning to change things up, again. 2 – Have clear goals.  Make individual and team goals, and make sure you track their progress.  This inspires and motivates your team members.  It also helps you improve your results for future projects. 3 – Educate your team members.  As your company grows, those within the company have to grow too.  Provide training for employees.  Team members often thrive on self-development.  Give them opportunities to consistently improve. 4 – Create a nurturing work environment.  From decorations, to furniture, to music, to break rooms, and more.  A comfortable, well-designed work space can improve team performance, which increases production within your company and makes for a content company culture. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Steps for Success (onboarding for Interns)

Like any other onboarding process, the experience for Interns should be positive and productive.  If your onboarding program is successful, your Inters will feel valued and satisfied, become some of your best full-time employees in the future, and benefit your company in a very big way. Steps for Success: 1 – FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Interns accept positions months before graduation.  They see your program as an opportunity to grow as a professional.  Begin the onboarding process weeks in advance, giving them time to meet employees, ask questions, and to see your company as a great place to work. 2 – COMPANY CULTURE:  Organize a time with the Intern to come to the company for a visit.  Introduce them to the rest of your staff.  Give them a chance to see the company culture, the business in action, the employees hard at work, and your relationship with the team as a whole. 3 – ALWAYS CLARIFY:  Make sure the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get out of the internship.  Make sure the manager who works with the Intern knows what he/she is expecting to get from the Intern.  Create a work plan with weekly goals, so there is more than just oral clarification. 4 – BE READY TO LEARN:  There are Interns who may have skills that you do not.  Be prepared to learn.  This will benefit your development and make them feel valued and included. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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How Managers Can Handle Stressful Workplace Situations

Managers are often in positions where they face stress on a daily basis.  Stress can be handled in many different ways, and the manner in which they deal with the stress depends on the situation.  And if stress is not handles properly, it can take a mental, emotional, and physical toll on everyone involved. Here are some ways managers can handle stress in the workplace: 1 – Find out where the stress is coming from.  Is it related to the specific work an employee is doing or is it a conflict among workers?  The manager needs to better understand the source before it can be fixed. 2 – Learn how to deal with the stress.  Should there be some type of training that needs to be given?  Should more work be delegated out?  The manager should decide what steps need to be taken to alleviate the stress levels. 3 – Deal with conflicts calmly.  Removing workers who may be causing an issue is a way to handle the conflict without embarrassing or reprimanding them in front of others.  Give them a chance to explain.  The manager should try to work out a solution that both parties can agree on. 4 – Be organized.  A lack of organization can cause stress before stressful situations even arise.  Prioritize tasks more efficiently.  Many managers need to work alone on their own tasks, so organizing and delegating where possible can help lesson their stress levels. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Proactive Strategy: A Powerful Tool for Success

It’s necessary to take a pro-active approach when it comes to management.  Successful entrepreneurs take charge of their destiny; they don’t allow others to push them around.  A pro-active approach involves: – being fully aware of the dynamics of the market – taking actions that will prepare you in advance for changes that may occur – tailoring your organizational responses to different environmental factors as they change – keeping abreast of new ideas and technologies being introduced to the market – arming yourself with the knowledge that you need to succeed – designing appropriate plans of action that will make you succeed A pro-active approach helps to: – grow your revenue – spend time and money in more efficient ways – save time and money going forward – re-invest into your bottom line – prepare with a strategic plan If you want to have a business structure that is well aligned to carry out your own goals, missions, visions and objectives, then you’ll want to take a pro-active approach in your organization. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Best Onboarding Process for New Hires

Employees leave the workplace for many reasons, some that can be resolved if the new hire is set up to succeed from the start.  That is why the onboarding process is so important. Here are some helpful ideas you can start implementing right away in your business: 1 – Contact the new hire before they start.  Make sure someone is reaching out to them between their accepted offer and their start date.  Perhaps even something as small as having their new manager call and give a brief introduction.  Or have HR email them a simple reminder of their start day/time with first-day instructions.  Either of these can help the new hire feel they made the right choice. 2 – Set up a portal for the new hire.  Give them online access so they can start learning about the company or fill out important forms before they start.  You don’t want them to spend their entire first day filling out paperwork. 3 – Good first impressions will make their first day memorable.  Take them on a tour of the building.  Introduce them to other employees in the same department.  Have their desk ready with everything they need and maybe a small welcome package.  Schedule a lunch with their new manager. 4 – Assign them a mentor who works in the same department.  This gives them a go-to person in case they have questions, comments, or concerns.  Make sure the mentor demonstrates leadership skills. 5 – Set defined expectations.  Ensure the new hire knows his/her new responsibilities and is familiar with the company’s vision/goals.  Communicate clearly with the new hire and make sure their manager checks in with them often to see how things are going. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Planning for the Year Ahead

Are you hoping to make the new year more profitable?  More productive?  More successful?  If you plan on making the coming year ahead a real turning point in your business, then you’ll need to consider some of these strategies for success. 1 – Don’t think of the year as a whole.  Break it down into monthly metrics.  Make sure to have quarterly goal-planning reviews of your marketing plan.  And keep a close eye on your results. 2 – Don’t attempt everything by yourself.  Contact your allies, referral sources, and partners to help you grow your business.  Build relationships and collaborate more this coming year. 3 – Plan, Plan, Plan.  Map out what needs to get done, and when it’s going to get done.  Break down specific tasks into blocks of time each day, or each week.  Stay on track with your goals for each month, each quarter, and each year. 4 – Embrace the new year.  Letting go and making changes can be scary and uncomfortable.  But, embracing new ideas to move ahead in your business has proven to be very successful. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Becoming a Better Public Speaker

If you were asked to speak in front of a room full of professionals, or colleagues, what would you do?  Would you gladly walk to the stage, or sprint in the opposite direction? Most of us would probably decline the offer because of insecurities, nervousness, expectations, or whatever stops us from agreeing to take on the task. Do your hands sweat?  Do your knees shake? Does your heart pound fast? Here’s the thing…even the best public speakers have had these happen to them .  They just may not feel it as strongly as you do because of experience.  Speaking in front of a large crowd is not the most natural activity for anyone.  But, if you want to get better at it, you’ll need to prepare and practice. If you’re in introvert, you’re more likely to get overstimulated and overwhelmed when a room full of people focus on you.  If you’re an extrovert, you’re more likely to thrive on the excitement, even get energized by the thought of actively engaging with your audience. There isn’t an official checklist to change someone into an instant public speaker.  But if you want to learn to become a better public speaker, you’ll need to remember these 3 key principles:  Prepare. Practice. Feedback. You’ll also want to dive deeper into the following: – Be OK with your feelings (like shyness or nervousness).  Recognize them but don’t let them stop you. It’s a natural feeling and it’s part of the process. – Remember to communicate with your audience.  Pay attention to them, instead of feeling self-conscious about yourself.  Find out who they are and what they need. – Plan ahead.  Figure out the best way to get your message out.  Find the perfect way to keep your listeners’ attention. – Outline what you plan to say.  Don’t write out your speech word-for-word. You want your language to feel natural, not scripted. – Listen to your audience.  Don’t just talk to the crowd, communicate by listening as well.  If you speak about a topic that interests your audience, your speech should engage them in great conversation. – Be yourself and be confident.  People notice when others are fake.  Be genuine.  Be yourself.  Focus on your passion and run with it.  Your audience will appreciate you! rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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Get a Jump Start on Holiday Marketing

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s important to start thinking about your holiday marketing plan now.  Here are some tips that may help make this holiday season a more profitable one for your business:
  1. Start a seasonal campaign before everyone else does.  Avoid fighting all the noise.  Get your plan ready to launch before everyone is expecting it.
  2. Don’t reinvent the wheel.  Use holiday marketing materials/ideas from past successful years.  Save the content and reuse it again next year.
  3. Change images and marketing content on your website to promote seasonal events or upcoming holidays.  Add snowflakes or fall foliage to enhance your online presence.
  4. Try to customize your services/products to what your customers need.  Provide these based on the current season or upcoming holiday.  This helps you leverage those limited customer needs that may only come around once a year.
  5. Create a strategy early, to plan out holiday discounts, or create free giveaways to kick off the new year.  These seasonal plans boost sales and are great for business.
  6. Set time aside to start sending personal holiday notes to your customers/clients.  Take this opportunity to connect with your audience so you are at the top of their mind this holiday season.
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Setting Reachable Business Goals

It’s important to set goals for your business.  When you have well-defined goals, they will help your business grow, help you achieve your objectives, improve teamwork, improve collaboration, and help everyone understand the direction your business in heading towards. Remember to set SMART goals: – Specific – Measurable – Achievable – Relevant – Timely Here are some tips to help you establish and reach your goals: – Create a clear statement for your purpose. Clear mental images help you see through any setbacks that may come along. – Make sure you consistently go over your goals (monthly, quarterly, or annually).  This helps you keep them relevant and achievable. – Take action.  Be sure to fit the type of action to the scope of each problem.  Some problems may require a longer detailed plan of action. – Keep yourself scheduled, but stick to it.  Use a calendar app to help you, and you’ll see your productivity level rise. – Remember that not everything works out the way you want it to.  Don’t be afraid of failure.  Respond to challenges and opportunities positively and flexibly. rsz_2018-headshotActionCoach-logo
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