Old habits die hard and bad ones even harder.
When we put startups in this context, it’s easy to guess how damaging bad habits can be. The sooner you get rid of them, the better results your startup will achieve.
In order to replace the bad with the good habits, here is what your startup should be doing.
Choose Your Clients Wisely
Satisfied clients are your best ambassadors. On the other hand, some clients are never satisfied and what’s more, they can make your life a living hell. For this reason, it’s better to be vigilant of the telltale signs from the start. If you sense that your first email correspondence, phone call, or meeting didn’t feel right, then maybe that client is trouble in the making.
In addition to that, you shouldn’t take up every single job that comes your way. Instead, think about whether it will be a useful project in your portfolio or whether it contributes to getting your startup to where you see it in a few years’ time.
Don’t Fret Over Challenges
Even if you’ve bitten off more than you can chew, it’s no reason to give up on the job altogether. On the contrary, presenting yourself with a challenge can not only motivate you to exceed your expectations, but it can also give your confidence a boost to aim higher. Also, accepting something you’ve never done before but still know how to do is equally important. Leaving your comfort zone can do wonders for your startup’s growth.
Put Your Startup Out There
The importance of advertising is simply unparalleled. Of course, going to extremes and bombarding your potential market is not recommendable. Instead, you should advertise subtly through business cards or products such as promotional hats with your logo. Not only will you increase customer awareness but you will also strengthen your image.
Keep a Steady Social Media Presence
One of the biggest mistakes startups make is being on social media too little or too much. Online communities are extremely valuable to any startup, regardless of its stage of evolution. For this reason, your online channels should be chosen wisely and with relevant content in mind.
Make your social media accounts useful and to the point. On top of that, you should use them to communicate with your customers and create trust in your services. Whatever the channel may be, always aim at consistency and never forget to monitor your mentions.
Block Your Time
Sooner or later, everyone seems to run out of time to complete what was planned. For this reason, time management should be your top priority. And not just any time management; creating a schedule that sets your priorities straight will enable you to boost your productivity and prevent you from wasting time on minor tasks. Once you set your boundaries and establish the point of focus, you are likely to develop a lifelong skill that will keep you on the right track.
All of these improvements to your current routine are guaranteed to make a significant difference to your startup’s success. What’s more, you’ll acquire habits that will have both immediate and permanent results.