Entrepreneurs Being Their Own Boss

Entrepreneurs often start businesses as they want to work for themselves and not for others. They want themselves as their own boss.

Entrepreneur magazine reports that people who work for themselves are happier because of the freedom that working  for one’s self permits. So valuable is the opportunity to be one’s own boss that studies show you have to pay people twice as much to get them to work for others and still have the same level of job satisfaction as being self-employed.

Being your own boss will grant you freedom, but it does come with serious responsibilities. No one else is there to take responsibility of your company and its stakeholders other than you.

Self discipline is paramount as someone else is not telling you what to do each day – you need to set you own agenda. Setting an example of leadership for the organization is your responsibility – there is nobody else above you. If you consistently play hookey, how can you expect your people to work?

Freedom is great, but make sure you learn to be a responsible “boss” for yourself!

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

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Published in: on January 26, 2016 at 4:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Lessons for Entrepreneurs from Martin Luther King

The nation celebrated Martin Luther King’s birthday yesterday. It is interesting to review what lessons Entrepreneurs can learn from Martin Luther King (MLK).

Dave Kerpen wrote an article on Inc. on January 19, 2004 listing seven lessons from MLK that are still relevant today. Here is my summary:

  1. Dream big – if you don’t dream big, you can’t achieve significant things
  2. Persuade without power – don’t be a “boss.” but be a leader through the power of persuasion
  3. Give people something to believe in – have passion in your Vision so people are compelled to adopt it
  4. Embrace fear and be courageous anyway – be honest with people about the challenges but have the courage to face them anyway
  5. Get everyone involved – Entrepreneurs can’t do everything themselves. They need to have other people involved to build their company.
  6. Create a sense of urgency – have a bias for action to get ahead of competition
  7. Inspire people – without inspiring leadership it merely becomes a job for your people. Have them motivated to fulfill your Vision.

These are lessons that Entrepreneurs can definitely learn from and adopt.

 Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

Being Fair

Leadership is about making optimal decisions for the company as a whole, not only for certain segments of stakeholders. As they say, “you cannot please all the people, all the time.”

Entrepreneurs like to be loyal to people, especially those who helped them start the business and were early employees. However, as the company grows, Entrepreneurs have to make decisions that might be tough, unfair to some, and unpopular.

Good decisions involve doing the right things even it means that some people might be adversely affected by such actions. Fairness is a great moral value, but sometimes business decisions cannot be optimal if everyone’s interest is taken into account. Entrepreneurs, on the other hand, should not in any way go out of their way to make decisions that purposely hurt certain people. That would be grossly unfair.

While difficult, make optimal decisions for your business that are ethical even if they might cause hardship for some people.

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

Published in: on January 12, 2016 at 4:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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Don’t Have False Expectations

As you start the New Year, be realistic in your expectations.

Entrepreneurs get into business with an idea that they hope to develop into something really big.

As they put together their Business Plan, they have certain expectations of how this idea will be commercialized and the revenues and income that the business model would generate.

Entrepreneurs hire people and have expectations regarding their performance. Similarly they expect clients or customers, vendors, other stakeholders will work with them in certain ways.

Entrepreneurs need to be careful about not having false expectations or hopeful wishes when they develop their Vision and Mission. All expectations need to be realistic, rational, and take into consideration the factors beyond the Entrepreneur’s control.

Having false expectations leads to unachievable dreams and disappointment. Moderate your expectations to be realistic, so that when your expectations are exceeded one has a reason to be jubilant.

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com