Most people start by working part-time or full-time, under a contract of employment (as an employee).
However, According to a survey released by the University of Phoenix Business School in 2013:
39% OF EMPLOYEES HOPE TO OWN THEIR OWN BUSINESS. AND THE YOUNGER THEY ARE, THE MORE THEY WANT IT. MORE THAN HALF OF WORKERS IN THEIR 20S WHO DON’T OWN A BUSINESS HOPE TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE, WHILE 50% OF WORKERS IN THEIR 30S AND 35% IN THEIR 40S WANT TO START THEIR OWN BUSINESS. HOWEVER, ONLY ONE-QUARTER OF WORKERS IN THEIR 50S AND 17% OF WORKERS AGE 60 OR OLDER WHO DO NOT CURRENTLY OWN A BUSINESS WANT TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE.
Most employees today who don’t already hate their bosses, wish to become their own boss someday.
But the basis of your entrepreneurial success emanates from your behavior as an employee.
Some attitudes are generally crucial. If you inculcate them as an employee, your life as an entrepreneur would be easier.
Have you been failing as an entrepreneur your whole life? Chasing entrepreneurial success, but you’ve always met failure instead?
Don’t you think it’s caused by your attitudes when you were an employee? Attitudes that have become a part of you.
Well, dear employee, be careful of the under listed attitudes because they mold your entrepreneurial future.
Lateness to Work
Thomas Chandler Haliburton said:
Punctuality is the soul of business
I can’t but agree more. Lateness to a place of work often causes disorganization.
For example, an engineer working in an engineering firm whose field takeoff time is 8.30 am and work resumption is 8.00 am.
The 30 minutes was designed to help get yourself together and prepare for the day’s job.
The absence of this 30 minutes preparation could lead to under preparation for the job ahead.
As an entrepreneur, you could lose an important project to another firm for coming late to meetings.
However, Practice makes perfection. Always be punctual in your dealings, starting now!
Desist from portraying “I don’t care attitudes”. Be familiar with the job, the rules, the instruments, and so on.
Give your job utmost regard, give it your best.
Yes, you’re an employee, but do the job like you’re the CEO.
Perhaps someday soon, you’d be an employer who wants his/her employee to do the same.
Don’t forget the usual quote, One good turn deserves another
Feedback is what shows our lapses. It’s information about reactions to your performance.
Embrace feedbacks and correct your mistakes. Some people are adamant to correction.
Either you’re criticized constructively or destructively, learn to perceive the criticism as a feedback. Be open-minded and someday soon, you’d be better than the critique.
Most employees are neither honest nor have strong moral principle. Greediness snatched their integrity a long time ago. In a bid to be rich, they forgot who they were.
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.
Remind yourself, often, of the man you wish to become. Is it one whose children would be proud of? Or one who can represent his family anywhere per time? Or the one who has a hidden register that must not be opened? Or the one who’d do anything, just to get rich?
If you lose your integrity as an employee, no one would want to work with an entrepreneur without reputation.
It’s time you stand for something, if not for your life as an employee, at least, for your entrepreneurial future.
Bad Customer relation
You: Welcome to PreneurDigest, how may I help you?
Customer: *shouting* don’t even welcome me! I’ve called your customer care desk all day, no one is picking up.
You: Sir, please reduce your voice, else I’ll call security
Customer: what? Call security? *pissed* You are of your senses. Am I not old enough to be your father?
You: Did you just say, my father? *stands up to call security* Security, please escort this man out of the premises.
What a bad approach!
You just lost a customer whose feedback can either earn you more customers or otherwise.
Be calm, no matter how the customer approaches you. Perceive issues from his perspective, put yourself in his shoes, feel his pain, so you can tackle his problem appropriately.
Also, you don’t need to be a customer care agent to have a good customer relation. If you’re willing to become an entrepreneur, you need to learn to calm a customer, no matter how angry he/she is.
Learn this skill while you’re an employee so it’d be easier when you become your own boss! Don’t forget, your startup budget might not give room to employ a customer relations officer.
If you have any of these attitudes, it’s high time you dropped them, to ensure entrepreneurial success.