Invest Wisely, Entrepreneurs!

No, this is not a blog on personal financial investing. Rather, it is for investments in your company.

Businesses require investments. Entrepreneurs are keenly aware of the funds necessary to start a business – whether it is for working capital, machinery, technology, equipment, or so on.

As the business grows more investment is necessary. If the Entrepreneur only thinks of investment in material things, it might be too short-sighted.

Long term success for Entrepreneurs requires investment in softer areas of their businesses. For example, in order to have consistent results it is necessary to invest in developing robust business processes (not only computer systems). This takes time and resources, but it is a wise investment.

Entrepreneurs need to make similar investment in their employees. Identify the key potential people in your organization and invest in them. Urge them to improve their skills, train them in functional areas, and take a risk by giving them projects and assignments that challenge them. Investing in your people, just like other assets, will pay off in the long term.

Entrepreneurs need to identify all areas of their business to determine if they have invested wisely in such areas to make them generate superior returns.

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

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Employee Involvement

Is recruiting and hiring good employees enough for Entrepreneurs?

After new employees start work, on-boarding, orientation and making them aware of the company’s Vision, Mission and culture should be a standard part of any hiring process. How many Entrepreneurs do that?

Even if you have a robust on-boarding process, what do you do to keep your employees actively involved in your company?

Entrepreneurs don’t treat working in their company as a “job.” They need to develop that sense of spirit in their employees. Employees should feel closely attached to the Mission of the company such that they view their job in a macro sense – as having a direct impact on fulfilling the Mission rather than just completing assigned tasks.

Offering material rewards for accomplishments works for a while. What is more important is the emotional engagement of employees in the company such that they personally identify themselves with the company’s success (and failures). Finding ways to involve employees in a meaningful way should be a key objective for Entrepreneurs.

Engaged employees are generally happy and productive. Get them involved in your company.

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

 

Progress over Perfection

When someone says “I am perfectionist,” it might sound good, but it is not particularly helpful to Entrepreneurs.

Entrepreneurs have a bias for action and are generally impatient. They need to see the fruits of their invention right away. If they wait to perfect it, they get bored and move on to something else. The market will not wait either – getting it to the market first is the key to the competitive game.

In growing their business, Entrepreneurs should be striving for measurable, meaningful progress on established goals rather than perfection at a point in time. Sustained progress in the correct direction is desirable than perfecting some aspect of the product, process or service without overall forward movement.

An idea that is ninety percent complete and implemented well is much better than something that is not put into practice as it waits to be perfected.

Perfection might be appropriate for artists and scientists, but Entrepreneurs need to be progress driven! Show proper leadership by demanding progress from your employees instead of perfection.

Ravi Patel

http://www.patelCFOservices.com

Entrepreneurs Shouldn’t be Heroes

Entrepreneurs are sometimes pressured into thinking of themselves as heroes trying to create miracles.

Miracles happen infrequently. While Entrepreneurs might feel that they have to be heroes to rescue their company from all situations, it is not always possible and more importantly not the right thing to do.

Companies need long-term leadership that successfully builds the organization with a great employee team to solve problems and exploit opportunities in the absence of the leader. Relying on a hero creates dependence and can only work in the short term or in a few instances.

Entrepreneurs might think of themselves as super-heroes for starting the company and making it grow though its infancy, strong business leadership is necessary to nurture the organization for long-term growth and success.

Be a Leader NOT a Hero!

Ravi Patel

www.patelCFOservices.com

Published in: on March 7, 2017 at 4:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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