Businesses are run by people, no matter how corporate or overly systemized they can seem. This means that at their heart, feelings, good ideas, and motivations are at play. They are the fuel that burns to keep an enterprise moving. Sometimes, those ideas can be less suitable than we may think. When a business is highly centralized, faceless and boring, that philosophical approach to business handling is backfiring on itself, and not quite as stable as the originators had intended.
For those of us who run small businesses or have the idea of doing so knocking around in our minds, it can be nice to know how to move forward and figure out our best approach. That’s a tough ask for many, but not one we need to think impossible to surmount and understand in the best possible sense.
So - how do we get started? After all, it’s not always easy to know how to make good on a creative approach, and more importantly, how to use our own personal life experience to breathe life into an idea. In our following post, we’ll discuss that potential with you:
Inform Using Insight
It’s important to use your insight to inform your grounding principles. For instance, if you were shocked at how ineffective HR was at your last business when you oversaw the allocation of funds, you might wish to make a people-focused approach your priority. Hindsight can be a great teacher, but we often speak of it as in ‘learning the lesson too late.’ You don’t have to do that if you have an opportunity to enact the solution in the presence.
Commit To The Basics
Commit to the basics if possible. For instance, setting up an online mailbox with virtual access can help you almost immediately solve the issue of registering your own physical address and saving correspondence in the best possible manner. The basics might also involve designing your hiring policy, even if you’re a small brand, to be as inclusive and understanding as possible. You might even strip all of the identifying factors from incoming resumes so you can judge them only based on their experience alone - helping you avoid coming to any biased outcome. The basics are what set the foundations of a firm - don’t be afraid to do that.
Remain Open To Learn
Remain open to learning things that you might not know. This can sound thoroughly obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people can use past experience not only to inform their future, but to dictate it. You might find that your perspective gives you a textured understanding of something, but that doesn’t help you if you struggle to understand why a system, a protocol, or a standard has been arranged that way in the first place. In order to subvert the rules of music we must first learn how to read it, and that goes for business, too.
With this advice, we hope you can bring your life experience into your business idea.