When you’re just getting started with your small business, simply deciding which goal to tackle first (and knowing what to do and when) can be a job just by itself. Startup headaches can be super discouraging!
None of us are born with business smarts or an entrepreneurial playbook. printed into our brains. It’s things that we’ve all got to figure out along the way. And like most of us — make some sort of horrible mistake over too.
Especially when we first get started in business—when we don’t have years of experience to help us make smart guesses headache saver tips and advice from others can be incredibly helpful.
In today’s post, we’re going to share with you 3 tips that will help you save those startup headaches.
Save Startup Headaches by Preparing Expectations
When you create expectations for yourself, your team, even strangers, you attach your happiness to an outcome you often have little control over. And, when you have someone new starting with you or even their own business – help them manage their expectations.
There will be tough days and it’s appropriate to say so! Entrepreneurship as we know, comes with a ton of ups and downs especially in the beginning. So, do yourself and the other person a favor! Let them know there will be tough days, even days they will want to quit.
But, this is your chance to also let them know that they’re not alone – you (or other supports) are available to them to help and encourage along the way.
Startup headaches, obstacles, triumphs and celebrations are all part of the ride — so help another, buckle up!
Next Up? Progress Stage
This is always a fun stage to be in – and an important one in a startup. Know that progress will come! This is where you, as an entrepreneur, are starting to see some revenue, inventory coming off your shelves or online orders starting to flow.
It’s in this stage that you start to feel like the startup headaches that came before now — we worth it. This is also why preparing yours or others expectations are key — you want to get here!
Beware of Management Mode
Things are moving along, revenue is coming in, your sales team or organization is growing and suddenly you decide instead of leading by example that you should manage them instead! WRONG!
This is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. It can lead to;
- loss of respect
… and additional ugly words we can add to the list. Stay out of being manager. You see as entrepreneurs, the last thing we want/need is someone managing us, right? We have to let people fall a little bit. After all, when we’ve helped them manage expectations like in phase one … it wouldn’t even be a fall more like a stumble.
Lead in order to grow leaders.
‘Most potential goes to die, in management mode’
Bottom line, startup headaches are going to happen. However, the above 3 things we know will help you manage those headaches and maybe even avoid some of them. Do you have any tips that have worked for you? Or, that you would pass onto others? Let us know in the comments!