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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Giving You an Edge Over the Competition

The key to beating your competition is having the right attitude.  It’s not always about knowledge or skill, but about acquiring the attributes that can put you in the right mindset for achieving business success. Here are 5 helpful tips:
  1. Have Passion:  Passion is something that can’t be taught. Passion will help you overcome obstacles within your business.  During difficult times, try to remember why you started the business in the first place.
  2. Forget Fear of Failure:  Don’t let fear hold you back.  Remember, failure is an opportunity to learn and grow.  Moving ahead from your failures is good. Quitting from your failures is bad.
  3. Accept Criticism:  Allow your staff to be honest with you. If fact, encourage them to give you constructive criticism.  Admit your mistakes and teach your staff to be honest too.
  4. Pursue Something New:  Every once in awhile get out of your comfort zone. Implementing needed change may feel uncomfortable but is often necessary for your business to grow.
  5. You are an Asset: Remember to take care of yourself because your health is important, and because you are important to your business.  Maintain a good work/play balance.  This will enhance your mental outlook.
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4 Tips to Become an Active Listener

If you want to build meaningful relationships and advance your career, you will need to become an active listener.  Listening shows respect for others, letting them know you really care about their interests.  Here are 4 tips to help you master the skill of active listening. #1.  Being Present.  Don’t be thinking of something else while “pretending” to listen to what someone else has to say.  Be aware that people do notice if you’re really listening.  Focus and don’t allow your mind to wonder. #2.  Make Eye Contact.  Making eye contact gives the other person a reason for them to believe you are genuinely interested in what they have to say.   #3.  Don’t Interrupt.  Allowing the other person to complete their thoughts shows respect by being patient.  Don’t interrupt them even if you want to respond to something they just told you.  Let them fully complete what they have to say before jumping in.   #4.  Don’t Change the Subject.  Changing the subject within an ongoing conversation only displays a lack of interest and indicates what you have to say is more important.  Wait until the discussion is completely finished before changing the topic.   Most of us can listen well, and instinctively know the correct way to do it.  But, following through with active listening can be very difficult.  It requires a lot of effort and an obvious interest in the people around you.   PJ's New Pic (smaller) ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  At your next networking event, practice these 4 tips on someone who are having a conversation with.  Do you notice anything? If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
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How to provide the best customer service

-Ideally, you need to have a life that's congruent and harmonized. (2)There is a false belief out there that being available to your customers 24/7 is the best service you can provide.  For some reason, professionals believe they should be available to their customers at all times, take their calls immediately, always see them when they appear, and be there at the drop of a hat.  This is actually a recipe for disaster.  Here is why… It’s dysfunctional to make yourself available anytime, day or night.  Actually, it’s impossible. Ideally, you need to have a life that’s congruent and harmonized.  You need to get a good night’s sleep.  You need to exercise, relax, and eat healthy.  You need clarity around your values and your daily activities need to be aligned with those values. I bet you’re wondering this:  “My customers expect me to be available when they need me. People don’t like to be put off.”  You believe that if your customers want it, they want it NOW.  You believe that by being available to them 24/7, you stay ahead of your competition in a competitive market. I ask you this:  Are you Superman?  Are you a machine?  Even machines need downtime for maintenance.  And cell phones need to be charged.  Well rested, fit, and happy people provide the best customer service. Now you’re probably thinking:  “How can I change?  What about my spouse, my children, my friends…they all expect me to be there for them when they need me.”  This is a great response.  Here’s the thing…you have taught them all to expect you to be there 24/7.  It is now time to re-educate everyone!!  But you must start with YOU! Step 1:  Define your values and what is most important to you. Step 2:  Create a few simple rules and habits that will support those values. Step 3:  Schedule some great conversations with your family, friends, and customers. The purpose of the conversations is to create agreements on how you can best serve and relate to them, without make them upset or hurting their feelings.  And you must include a clean understanding of your limitations and availability.  The result will bring better customer service, and a better YOU! PJ's New Pic (smaller)  ActionCoach-logo
YOUR CHALLENGE:  Set a goal (timeline) for yourself when it comes to re-defining your values. Consider the conversations you need to have with others to get to the result! Is your goal reasonable?   Can you create a better YOU? If you would like further information or you have any questions about this blog, you can email me at pjweiland@actioncoach.com or call 847-739-3079.
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