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If you are really enjoying your job and you think everything is going really well it may be time to take on some new responsibilities. This will keep your work exciting and challenging enough that you will remain interested and want to develop further. So what can you do to take on new responsibilities? Here at New Acquisitions we have put together some tips that will help you progress and certainly impress your boss!
Don’t wait for someone to give you a task, take initiative and do what needs to be done before someone asks you (or someone else) to do it. Start by identifying tasks that are being forgotten about and complete them. Your foresight will be appreciated. If these are tasks you haven’t done before ask someone to run through what needs to be done or make sure you have approval to do this.
Start with the Fun Stuff
If your workplace has extra activities that you can get involved in, this could be development programs or sports teams, then show up! Show your leadership skills there and get to know more people at work as a first step towards more official responsibility. It’s helpful for co-workers to get to know you outside of the working environment.
Become an Expert
Strive to continuously acquire new knowledge and stay on top of trends or developments in your field. If you are considered an expert in a particular subject, you are much more likely to be included in new projects. On top of this if you come across articles you feel are relevant to your team’s work, share them. This will help all of your team-mates to look better and stay up-to-date on the latest industry news, which can gain you a lot of credibility as a team player.
In a busy working environment there will be many challenges and probably times when you feel like quitting, but quitters never win! At New Acquisitions, we understand how difficult it can be, so in this post we’re talking about ways to keep motivated when the going gets tough.
You started this because you wanted to achieve something right? Remind yourself of those goals and what you are working to achieve for yourself, not just the business. You can also set mini goals and reward yourself, for example set yourself a time scale and a number of sales to make and then if you hit your target, reward yourself.
Turn negatives into positives
If you find yourself in a negative situation make a game of turning it into a positive. For example, using the time you spend stuck in traffic coming up with a fun new way to pitch something. Make it your mission to always find the positive.
Remove negative vocabulary from your dictionary
If a sale falls through, don’t bad-mouth anyone; make it your goal to move past it to a new opportunity and learn from what went wrong. Avoid saying the word ‘hate’ or similar words and you may start to feel more positive.
Think about why you entered the role when you feel unmotivated
Remember all the good aspects about your job, whether that be a better chance for income growth, better social skills, excellent opportunities for advancement or regular incentives. Regularly remind yourself about what you love about your role.
We’ve looked at whether you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur, so now let’s take a look at what you may have in common with entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs can be anyone but there are some common traits that tie them together and common characteristics that make them successful, do you have them?
People with Type-A personality are generally more ambitious, more driven and have more follow-through. They’re not dreamers; they’re doers! Of course this does often generate a higher stress-level too, but it’s the drive that you should focus on. Dreams are great but they’re no good if you don’t have the motivation to achieve them.
If you think they don’t exist you are wrong. Morning people are more successful in their careers than night owls. The reason morning people get more done is because they’re not as prone to procrastination, which is something you can work on no matter what your internal clock settings.
Just likeable enough
Being super-loveable and outgoing and having everyone adore you is great for climbing the corporate ladder and securing promotions. But when you’re an entrepreneur and in the executive’s shoes that’s not the best personality to have. You need to be sociable enough to network and build a solid reputation, but being too much of a social butterfly, or a complete hermit for that matter, is not going to make people take you seriously.
This is where dreams come in handy. You need to have a written business plan with objectives that are regularly updated. Putting things into writing makes them more real and easier to remember, and can help avoid confusion later on.
Following your passion is the best way to find something you’re good at and to stay motivated. Don’t pursue a field just because it’s popular right now. Choose an industry that you’re truly passionate about and take it on from a unique angle.
At New Acquisitions we support entrepreneurship and we encourage those who work with us to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur. But are you considering making the change? Well here are our top tips for surviving the transition.
As an employee you were probably used to being somebody’s ‘yes-man’ and agreed hastily to any and all requests that came you way. This won’t get you very far as an entrepreneur. With the time-pressed entrepreneurial schedule agreeing to and doing everything just isn’t possible. But more importantly you need to be the one setting the agenda and not following everyone else’s wishes.
A small business or start-up won’t have the resources to perfect everything. The longer you wait for every detail to be ‘just right,’ the slower your business will move. Focus on the high-impact, high-priority items. And remember “Done is better than perfect.”
Don’t be afraid of long hours.
A typical entrepreneur often finds that they need to work longer hours than they did as an employee. Some days you may have to trade 9-5 to 9-midnight. This makes it incredibly important to make sure you have started something you love and are willing to work for. Remember that you’re working to build your own dream not someone else’s.
Be prepared to take on multiple roles.
As an employee there’s someone to call when something stops working. You probably never even thought about who cleaned the floor or watered the plants. When you venture out on your own you need to fill a number of different roles, from tech-support to sales and marketing, accounting and even cleaning. Make sure you are prepared for all of these before taking it on.
Stick to a schedule.
Being in charge doesn’t mean you should get rid of your alarm clock or take four-hour lunches. Having some form of schedule will help you stay disciplined and productive. With that said many people choose self-employment because they’re tired of strict routines. So there’s no need to re-create the same old drudgery in your new venture!
So what do you think? Do you have what it takes to jump from employee to entrepreneur?
So we’ve discussed whether you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and the common characteristics you might possess. So our next question is could you be a good leader? Entrepreneurship isn’t just about having an idea it’s about being able to take charge and lead that idea to success. It’s about being able to lead your team to make your business a success and lead them to their own success stories.
So were you born to lead? These are the traits needed to be a good leader.
Have a vision.
You’ve heard the saying ‘you must stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.’ As a leader you have to learn to communicate your vision or the vision of your company to the people you want to follow you.
Your employees want to see passion in you. That fire in your belly can be contagious and ignite the fire in theirs. Encouraging and driving them to go further and work harder to achieve your vision.
Learn to be a great decision maker.
Uhming and Ahhing aren’t going to get you very far, but neither is making the decision completely on your own when other people are involved. You don’t want to be one of those leaders who consults no one before making a decision, announced the change the next day and then gets frustrated when no one follows it. We suggest implementing a process called Q-CAT to help make decisions and put them in place.
Q = Quick but not hasty.
C= Committed to the decision but not rigid.
A= Analytical but don’t over-analyze.
T= Thoughtful but not obsessive.
Be a team builder.
You must develop a great team. You can do this by trusting your team with certain responsibilities. Don’t breathe down their necks but be available if they need your help. Don’t point fingers when things go wrong. It is your job to educate and inspire your employees.
Without character the other traits are meaningless. This is because your innate character strengths play a critical role in your leadership style. Learn about your individual personality and what part it plays in your leadership style.
So do you have what it takes to become a great leader?
Did you know it costs at least five times as much to win a new customer as it does to keep a current one? And did you know, much of the profits of most businesses rely on repeat customers? This means that customer service is one of the most important factors in sales. Good customer service can be the difference between a repeat customer spreading their love for your brand through word of mouth, and an angry customer taking to social media to bash your company. It can also simply be the difference between closing a sale and losing a sale.
You could be an industry leader but if your customer service starts to slip, customers will turn to one of your rivals who offer a better service. The key thing to remember here is that consumers are fickle, they owe you no loyalty and they can and will swap to a firm that offers them a better service.
The bulk of a company’s profits will come from repeat sales, so it is vital to keep clients content. This helps the business to compete. By offering a superior level of customer service you will secure the loyalty of customers and potentially gain a free marketing team as they spread the word about their favorite brand. Customers who have bought from your brand before are much more likely to buy from your brand again than a new prospect is to buy from your brand at all, so it is important to offer a good service even after the sale has been made.
Here at New Acquisitions, we believe that personalizing the service keeps customers returning again and again. Customers like to feel valued and as if they, personally, are an integral part of your company. So try and add a personal touch to your customer service and see if it makes a difference to your sales.