A Startup is a budding entrepreneur venture coming up with an innovative solution– an idea to solve a business need. Today’s business giants like Google, Facebook, Flipkart and even Amazon were all small startups at one time. The whole world is running around entrepreneurship and leadership, but Indians are still stuck in getting a job at MNCs. The mindset of Indian society is their son or daughter, should study only study and then study some more without wavering, then get a job after graduation. Thinking about starting a business, a risky first-time venture is usually frowned about. Joining a family business, on the other hand, may be an exception. Being an entrepreneur is a damn sure tough job and to speak about the risk of losing everything invested is indeed a daunting thought. That’s the main reason most of us become job seekers rather than job creators.
Here are some reasons why you should be an entrepreneur:
Suppose you are working for a company, it may give you an attractive salary but can’t give the freedom and job satisfaction. But while working on your own business venture, you can work whenever wherever and however you would like. The decision by you decides the future of the company. When you are the boss, there are no superior-subordinate issues, you can set your own timings and schedules, you control your own destiny.
The salary you earn depends on your own talents and efforts. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t guarantee a regular paycheck, if the company’s performance goes down it will also lower or delay your income. However, when you have a successful formula and a proven path for profits, it is all you own. There will be no fixed limit for your salary, it is directly related to your work.
3) Become business leader
You will be the decision maker and the think tank for your business. You are responsible for guiding your fellow employees, to empower and to motivate them. The lives of your employees depend on your business decisions. Along with that, a successful business has cachet in the community– a special image is created in the society.
4) Your Future
Your future is in your own hands. It depends solely on your thoughts and actions.
Initiating a business venture is a task riddled with risk. So, only the strong survive, one needs a strong determination, dedication and resolve to become a successful entrepreneur. But the rewards far outweigh the risks.
Signs Your Job Is Killing You
Picture this, you walk into your work thirty minutes late because you woke up at the time you actually had to be there. You have a large cup of coffee in your hand which is your substitute for breakfast, your shirt is dishevelled. Your colleague sitting next to you gives you an over enthusiastic “GOOD MORNING” and you mumble to yourself “yeah right.”
For the rest of the day, you spend it by checking your watch every ten minutes, but the time does not pass faster. There are no new posts on Instagram and Twitter, you have already scrolled through them a million times. Every day you go for lunch ten minutes early and come back ten minutes late. You can not wait to get home, but when you are home all you are doing is being stressed about work the next day. The night is spent stress watching Netflix.
If this sounds a lot like you, I think it is time to re evaluate your job situation.
In his book, Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D, a specialist in organizational behaviour at Stanford Business School, makes a bold statement “the workplace is killing us and nobody cares.” The Japanese have a word for death from overwork it is called “Karoshi”. In Japan over 10,000 managers, executives and engineers die annually from being overworked.
A hostile work environment is the number one cause for work related stress. One in four workers complain about their jobs being the most stressful part of their lives.
Being constantly exhausted due to work is a serious problem, it cannot be cured simply by getting a new job, Pfeffer explains. Also, finding a job is no small task. “If you are physically or psychologically drained by workplace stress, then you’re not going to have the capacity to go out and look for another job,” he says.
Even though all of this sounds grim, there are steps you can take to make your life less stressful and maintain a healthy relationship with your work.
Eating well is crucial, make sure you get in all the nutrients you need for your daily work day if your job needs more physical labour, eat accordingly. On the other hand, if your job barely involves any kind of physical movement, you need to make sure you get in some exercise before or after work. Exercise does not have to be hardcore, a light jog or some yoga can help you calm down while getting the exercise you need in.
In this world of go, go, go; people barely get any time to relax and get enough sleep. Sleep helps you rejuvenate and start fresh the next day. If you are not getting enough sleep it will make you feel lethargic the next day and therefore less productive.
It is very important for everybody to find ways they can wind down, some people read, meditate or even game. Everybody utilises different techniques to relax. It does not matter what it is, just make sure you have a way to relax.
Communication is proven to be very effective to reduce stress, you can have a meaningful conversation with your friends and family or just laugh and make jokes.
If nothing works, know when you can seek counselling and getting help from a professional.
In an interview, Pfeffer said, “I look out at the workplace and I see stress, layoffs, longer hours, work family conflict, enormous amounts of economic insecurity. I see a workplace that has become shockingly inhumane.”
There are various ways in which an employer can reduce stress in a work place environment. The employer can align workload with the capability and capacity of the workers. By making room for workers to grow and use talent in their positions, will help the employees stay creative and make them feel in control. If the workers have a say in the work they are doing, will help increase job satisfaction.
Not all work situations can be ideal, it is important to know, you have a choice, you do not have to stay in a job forever if you do not enjoy it. The opportunities are endless. Remember you always have the power to pave your own path.
Life Lessons To Learn From Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook is getting a lot of bad publicity lately, but we can not deny the enormous power it holds. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of this massive platform, is undeniably successful. There are definitely things we can learn from this mastermind about working hard to make your dreams a reality.
Have a tunnel vision
Mark Zuckerberg had a vision for Facebook, he dropped out of Harvard to pursue his goal. Having a vision for your life in the future is important, giving you a sense of direction. It helps you understand what you want to accomplish in life by allowing you to see more clearly at the opportunities which are going to benefit you in the long term. Beyond this, having goals are strong driving forces to help us get through harder times and look forward to achieving your goals. They act as motivators to make every single day productive, this way it can lead you to reach your goals faster.
Dealing with stressful situations
A fancy word for not losing your calm while in a stressful situation is called equanimity. Mark Zuckerberg when under pressure approaches the situations calmly. Having full control over the situation this way, with a clear head, results in making better decisions. To improve relationships with employees and colleagues, equanimity is a great asset to have under your belt.
Work in silence
When Zuckerberg was working on Facebook, he did not create a lot of fuss around it, just created something about which he was passionate. He set up the entire website from his dorm room. If you are passionate about something you will continue to work on it without needing attention or approval from others.
Zuckerberg said, “I feel that the best companies are started not because the founder wanted a company but because the founder wanted to change the world… ”
Do what you are passionate about
You can only follow the above step if you are passionate about what you are working on. Zuckerberg said “I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that’s always existed.” If you are working on a project and it requires a lot of commitment and does not have any monetary incentive; it means, you have a strong idea of what you want and will do anything to have it. An office job, sometimes, is a necessity, it feeds you and clothes you, but it should not stop you from following your passion. For some people, the office job might be their passion.
People throw rocks at things that shine
Do not let other peoples’ opinions get you down. Zuckerberg doesn’t let his critics get to him. It is a skill to block out the noise and keep doing what you are. Use other peoples’ criticism to motivate you to do bigger and better things. Knowing what you want in life and how you are going to accomplish and just sticking to it, is critical.
By incorporating these mentioned active choices to change your life, they would help you live a more fulfilling life.
How To Communicate With Clients
There is a difference between speaking and communicating with your client. It is important to communicate effectively with your client instead of just speaking at them. Here are a few steps you can follow, to better the way you communicate with your client.
Customer service is key
People will stay and return to your company because of the customer service. Manners are so important, start with what your mama taught you. The basic “hello, nice to meet you!” With a sprinkle of “please” and “thank you” throughout the conversation. Apple’s secret employee training manual was leaked a few years back, this gave us an insight as to what makes those Apple store reps so convincing. They always greet you with being warm and polite, “Approach customers with a personalized warm welcome,” and they always end on a positive note, “End with a fond farewell and an invitation to return.”
Make the customers feel special by using their name in conversations, doing this little thing assures the customer, you know them and know what they want.
Ask the right questions
Do not make assumptions about what your client might want. Clearly ask about the needs and requirements of the clients. Make sure you understand their end vision. It is equally as important to know about their core values and what they represent. The main goal is to ask enough questions to know everything about the client before you actually start working on anything.
Keep it light and positive
Do not make your customers feel stupid, be conscious as to not use a condescending tone. This will discourage the clients to reach out if they need anything.
Buffer, a social media management platform, is known for their exceptional customer service. In an article on the topic, their Chief Happiness Officer, Carolyn emphasised the need for attention to detail. Carolyn pointed out the use of the terms “but” and “actually” came off as dismissive and was not helpful even if she was trying to help.
Do enough research prior to a meeting, to know what you are speaking. No matter what you’re selling no one will buy it if you do not know enough about the client or the product. When preparing for any kind of meeting it is vital to take time and go over the material beforehand. You should be well versed on the topic and have plenty of examples. Also, have a list of answers to the questions the clients might ask.
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