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Entrepeneurship Management Motivation

What Is Required of an Employee?

This is the crux of the owner-dilemma.

How does the owner be both boss and employee? How is the day divided into boss-things and worker-things? How does the boss-part get the worker-part to do the work?

Good Employee Traits

  • He is expected to show up at work on time, and to work until the shift is over.
  • She is expected to execute the activities of the job requirements with precision and efficiency.
  • He is expected to earn his wage and be a positive contributor to the bottom line.
  • She is not expected to fritter away the day in idle pursuits.
  • He is not expected to cover-over major or minor errors.
  • She is not expected to be a hindrance to company progress.
  • He is not expected to be a negative influence on other employees.

All in all, an employee is a desirable asset to the company, one who is productive and worthwhile.

Are YOU a Good Employee?

How am I a Good employee?

I am not.

I do the minimum required to get the day done. I avoid the repetitive drudge that makes a business go.

I know what needs to be done, but I don’t do it.

I know what I shouldn’t do, but I do it anyway.

I should be let go.

I can’t get over with just my good looks alone, I have to add value to the company by my presence and actions.

That is what I have as my most unproductive attitude.

I don’t work unless pressed into it.

Deadlines get me to do the necessary things.

I avoid the clerical tasks – UNLESS – they keep me from the even harder work of creatively advancing the business agenda.

How hard is it to do the work? How difficult to sit down and grind it out?

When did it become impossible to make time to do the little things that advance business? Why can’t I read and implement simple marketing texts?

What is WRONG with me?

Are you waiting for success to strike from above, or ambush you when you’re not looking?

Do you expect success to be like the lottery. “I don’t need to do anything except buy the ticket.”

How absurd!

I’m you’re an intelligent and capable person who can take on any task and succeed, do you somehow choose to do otherwise.

Are you a self-defeating mechanism.

I don’t think my way into a day, don’t pay attention to any of my priorities, and don’t execute when I am forced to.

I do the minimums.

I should get the minimums.

What the Boss Needs to Do

What I need to do each day is to:

  • KNOW what I need to do.
  • PLAN how I need to do it.
  • WRITE the Plan down so I won’t forget.
  • EXECUTE the Plan.
  • EVALUATE the Execution and the Plan.
  • CHOOSE to do it again.

Every day is my only opportunity to advance.

Tomorrow might never arrive.

Yesterday is gone.

The ONLY time is NOW.

DO IT NOW!

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Basics Entrepeneurship Profits Selling

The Secret To Business Success

How many Thousands of books and articles have been written about Business Success? I’m certainly not going to outdo any of them in a few paragraphs. But, I can sum up my years of experience and research,

  1. Find a Market
  2. Find a Product or Service
  3. Sell Lots
  4. Control Expenses

Market

This is a pool of potential customers. You know who they are, and you know what they want or need. You can serve a large market, or a niche market. But, you can’t sell to “everyone”.

It helps to have a Market with fewer rather than more competitors.

Product or Service

Your Product or Service needs to be something your Market wants or needs, and something that is different from all the others, You don’t want to be waving the “Me Too” banner too wildly.

Sell a Lot of It

Now, we’re getting somewhere! Selling is where it’s at… Sell a Ton of them and all will be well.

Maybe. Many a going concern collapsed by only focusing on sales.

Control Expenses

This is where Business Success is made or not. Profit is the end goal of any business venture. Without Expense Control, there are not likely to be any Profits. Certainly not as much as could be.

Think of this. Profit equals Sales minus Expenses. A Sale brings related Expenses. Only a portion of a Sales dollar makes it to the Profit bucket. However, Saving a Dollar, or NOT spending one, drops it right to the Bottom Line.

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line is that the more that you sell AND save, the bigger the Bottom Line.

Watch Your Pennies and the Dollars will take care of themselves.