Have you been dreaming of starting your small business but wondering if you’ve what it takes?
Or perhaps having a business already but struggling to make it work?
Then, this blog post is for you.
We live in times, when becoming an entrepreneur is a goal in itself for many. Every day you read and hear stories from Silicon Valley of unicorns who created The NBT – The Next Big Thing. And you may even wish to become one of them.
There are also more and more small, yet with powerful mission businesses that you admire too.
And you can’t help but when learning about such stories, hearing this little voice in your heart… what about starting this ____ you’ve been thinking about for so long.
You might want to check these 6 clear steps that can help you start your own dream business.
However, it takes more than just to start. Starting, growing, and making your business a success is a process that constantly require adjusting your own habits, routines, and practices.
I want to share with you these 4 proven practices that are about your attitude and approach to business. I love to call them – Your Modern Business Modus Operandi – they help me and they can help you make your business a fulfilling and unstoppable experience.
Practice # 1 Listen First
“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Rumi
Listening actively to your customers is what matters most. You’ll learn what they REALLY need from your business. These insights should fuel your products and services creation.
Practice # 2 Talk Later
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers” – Tony Robbins
Be relentlessly curious about your customers. When you talk, ask questions. ALWAYS shine the light on your customers. Make your communications with them clear, simple, and relevant.
Practice # 3 Show Empathy
“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.” – Daniel H. Pink
When you understand your customers at the deeper level, you become more creative in solving their problems. Be brave in showing your true-self to others. Humans connect with real humans.
Practice # 4 Bring More Humanity To Your Work
“It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.” – Jim Collins
Stand for something bigger than your balance sheet. Show that you REALLY care about your customers, your community, and causes you and your customers believe in. Contribute with your time, skills, and money to projects and initiatives that create value beyond your own bottom line.
Now, it’s time for action.
Which one of these 4 practices has been most important to you so far?
And which one of them needs more of your attention going forward?
Let me know in the comments below.
Now, if you’ve just started your business or you’re about to, and all of these feel overwhelming – No worries. We all have been there.
Be kind to yourself on this journey and whenever you feel stuck or confused – Focus more on your customers because they need real attention not you.
I believe in you and your dreams!
With love and encouragement,