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How To Hire A Team That Will Boost Your StartUp

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Most entrepreneurs start businesses to make profit. Consequently perhaps giving back to the society comes in handy unless it is a non-profitable organization. Hiring and firing one is a crucial task and that is why a technical bench is handed the mandate of interviewing people. In order to make your business thrive one should consider important factors. The problem with most entrepreneurs is that they tend to take long in building a business empire only for it to fall in a split of a second. This is mostly due to negligence. Negligence always kicks in when you start hiring the people who are not sharing your company’s vision.  I have come up with a few ideas that will help you to make a better decision the next time you are hiring.

  1. Do Not Hire Friends And Relatives

Your business will continue making losses as long as you will continue hiring the people you know or your relatives. The belief of ‘connection’ has been misconstrued to mean favors and friendship hiring. Hiring relatives most of the times means that you bring a weak force in business. Most people don’t perform their duty satisfactorily whenever they are around their friends and relatives. The better part of their job will be spent talking of their friendship or family issues. However, having a qualified person who can perform their task will be a plus to your business. Qualifications should be the key when doing hiring and not relationship. The moment relationship starts getting your way; failure takes the path of success in your business. This is what we call selective hiring rather than relative hiring. I suggest you use referrals while hiring. You can consult fellow entrepreneurs who they can recommend to work for your business in the position you are trying to fill. This helps as entrepreneurs know the qualifications and skills of the person they are recommending. You can read this article to know how referrals works.

  1. Have Three or More Days of Interview

Interview has always been a crucial part in ones career. Whichever position one is interviewing should be taken seriously. To be honest, interviews should be done in a minimum of 3 days. This will enable the personnel mandated to carry out hiring to know the potential team better. Most people interviewing with companies in a day masquerade to be what they are not. Most interviewee pretend to be people they are not and most of the time is because they have mastered the questions to be asked. All they look up to is to get into the company and get paid. Most of them don’t mean what they specify as their objective in the company. Having a three or more day’s interview with your aspiring team will assist you to know and understand well the person you want to hire. Knowing the person better will definitely boost your business. This will enable you to learn and be in a position to ask your team mind boggling questions. At the end of these all you will have taken a bit of your time but the product will be lucrative in your business.

  1. Have A Qualified Panel

Success of any business is always attributed to its employees and employers. The panel doing the interview need to have experience and be qualified while carrying out the process. This team of technocrat should have the ability to interview one in a competent manner without bias. Remember the future of your company is vested in their hands. Their field of expertise should be realized when hiring personnel. Failure to have this team in place will mean a doom to your company’s future. The team should be free and fair and so should the process be carried. Some say with experience shows wisdom and one of the panelists needs to know every nook and cranny of the company. This will assist the business in arriving at the best team for the business. However, being qualified should mean having someone who is all rounded and flexible to work in any department in business easily. 

  1. Transparency, Competence and Fair

People hiring people need to learn to listen to what their potential team has to offer. The virtue mostly broken while hiring one in your team is transparency. Bribing people or offering favors to the future of business has jeopardized most entrepreneurs. Bribes have been exchanged outside the offices just to make sure my ‘friend’ gets the job. Fairness and transparency enables accountability to be part of your team. Favors should never be the grounds of hiring a team in your business. It always brings lurk in the business and running of the business is compromised. Your business can make a step hire to success when the three virtues are considered rather than favoring hiring

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How To Live Your Passion

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Do you wake up every morning excited about your job? Do you enjoy what you do every day that you walk with a spring and a smile on your face? Are you living a satisfied and fulfilled life? Are you proud of the person you are at work because you are loving it and giving it your best? Do you feel you’ve a purpose, you’re living your purpose in your work? If not, then it’s about time you found who you really are. Find what makes you happy, what leaves you feeling complete and satisfied at the end of the day. Its time you stopped confusing your hobbies for your passion. Follow the simple steps below.

1. Differentiate your Hobbies and Passions

Let’s not all assume that we can differentiate the two. A hobby is something you do outside your normal schedule, when you’re bored for instance. Or when you’re in need of relaxing. Now a passion, to put it simply is, something you just can’t not do. It’s something you’ll sacrifice to do every day for the rest of your life. It’s your dream. It fulfills you and gives you purpose. Make sure you won’t stop teaching and start cooking because you love doing it when you’re bored.

2. Take a Step

You’re waking up every day telling yourself you got to pay the bills. Writing won’t do it. It just can’t. So you go through the motions like the thousands of others like you. You walk into a class and teach those kids hating every minute of it. You get home exhausted and drained from being on your feet all day. You feel lost, incomplete, dissatisfied and bitter because someone else is living your dream. What you don’t know is maybe that someone hates what she’s doing too. So take a moment, call yourself to a meeting and tell yourself “nothing but the truth”. Not the colored truth, the harsh truths. The deep meaningful, soul-searching brutal truths about your unhappiness. Know your passion, your dream and take a chance at it. Stop talking yourself out of writing that book, or painting and just do it. Write the first word, the first sentence, the first paragraph…soon enough, it will be the first chapter and you’ll be loving every minute of it. Besides, what you got to lose for trying?

3. Be willing to Give it All

We all know taking the first step is always hard. But like they say, a journey of a thousand mile starts with a single step. If you’re ready to start, are you willing to be patient, to give it your best, to own your strengths, your weaknesses and your uniqueness? Starting isn’t easy, but overseeing your dream isn’t either. You need to understand that there are challenges. So you need to own your passion. Know your values and work to keep them. Make sure you are willing to sacrifice. To know what is right and what make you happy while doing what you love. Sacrifice for your dream. If is negative and unhelpful and unsupportive friends, kick them out. Give up the bad habits and poor lifestyle choices. Give your passion you’re A Game.

4. Invest in your Productivity

If you’re not productive as a person, then how are you to work towards making the best choices, how would you give your A Game. Invest in yourself and your productivity. Love yourself. Learn organizational and time management skills. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. Drink water to keep hydrated. Read inspirational, positive and empowering books. Keep yourself in a positive mindset. After all, garbage in, garbage out.

5. The Time is Right

If you keep telling yourself it’s not the right time to leave your job and focus on your dream, the right time will never come. So start today. There will never be a right time. Now is the right time. You want to do it, then do it now. Tomorrow never comes after all. If you need the job for the bills today, tomorrow you’ll need it for the children’s tuition fee, then for the new house. You’ll live like that with “I’ll do it tomorrow, next month” and you’ll soon be old, fat, bitter and totally unfulfilled. There will never be a better time to live your dream, your passion, like today. Learn how to overcome procrastination and reach you goals faster.


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Resilience Is The Key Ingredient In Entrepreneurship

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Resilience is a common trait among entrepreneurs. The degree could differ among individuals depending on their needs, but plenty of it is required at the start.  

The modern entrepreneur has plenty of resources at their disposal that the older generation wish they had a fraction of. Blogs, YouTube tutorials, incubation hubs name them, and yet still click on suspect links that urge them to make fifty thousand shillings in a week. What they fail to understand is that life on the proverbial fast lane takes years to build.

The ‘10,000 hours’ concept is quite simple. You work on a craft or skill by dedicating 10,000 hours to it then maybe you become a master at it. There’s no way around amassing a fortune unless through corruption or theft. This ethics go all across the board into pop culture where famous actors win awards after so many years of doing low budget films away from the limelight. Even TV reality stars gain their names by putting in hours of work. Resilience is what allows business owners and brands to keep at their ideas and not give up even when they make dismal profits.

The transactions of an entrepreneur do not end with sales of a product or service. An entrepreneur wants to learn the market and identify gaps for innovative products and services. Besides, how else will you spot a gap if you don’t painstakingly conduct due diligence?

Persistence spurs action. How, you ask? It presents opportunities to engage directly with your potential client. You are asking them to take a chance on your product or service and therefore will get used to being hanged up on or even insulted as you conduct one on one sales. If you strategically keep marketing you will recognize what works to your advantage and how to gain a profit.

The hustle will consume most of your time especially when you’re starting out. You will be knee-deep in accounts and before you know it, a week is gone! Then you scroll through your social media feed and see your friends colourful pictures in events you were dying to attend which might further depress you. Then your bills will jolt you out of your misery because they need to be paid which again comes back to your determination to succeed.

A successful entrepreneur will learn how to cut costs and plough profits back into the business for growth. The success of this decision could be affected by investors other than you. This is why vetting to find partners who share your similar ideas and goals is important.

The laser focus that comes with the resilience trait distinguishes people who start ten businesses and fail at each of them or focus time and energy on few at a time and do them well. This growth will help an entrepreneur decide if they will pursue it or if the business isn’t viable anymore. Spreading yourself too thin affects creativity and production if you’re a sole proprietor.

When you believe in the brand you’re building there’s so little that can move you. The confidence you have in your business inspires others to want to do business with you because they trust your person to person interaction.

When you narrow it down further to creative entrepreneurship, personal character defines individual artists even as they transact their art for profit. You could say the rules change for entrepreneurs in different fields but they actually remain the same. The setting may be less formal but still has peaks and dips like other sectors.

More young people are looking for freedom to express themselves creatively and have found a niche in this market. They have to constantly reinvent themselves and be extremely good at what they do to remain above the pack. They do all this and insist on ‘passion’ being the driver of what they do.

The creative industry is structured such that the profit earned from a service provided is paid to the ‘artist’ or through their representative. The split allowance is then ploughed back to learning another skill and the cycle continues.

At the end of the day it is all about resilience.

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Customer Service

Offering top notch Customer Service Will Your Skyrocket your business. This is how

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Customer service may look like an easy job but it’s one pivotal point that a company needs to strengthen to realize its future growth. This is a department of service and with service one has to be very careful.

The phrase ‘the customer is always right’ turn to be a cliché and if it will not live with you may die out of depression. Every start up needs a strong customer service since the image of the company is at stake when it comes to this. The customer care need to have all the details pertaining to the company and provide a cordial service to the people interested in knowing more about the company.

The company may be good but with poor customer service it is bound to go down soon. Remember this is a competitive world and if you cannot provide better services your colleague in the same market will. You might find yourself reaping losses even before you start operating as a real company.

After sale services

The company you are operating may be a startup but the clients always want to see what makes your company unique. After sales services are the services offered to the clients besides the normal service offered by the company. It may be giving out gift hampers or offering to deliver the product to the client at his/her requested place. This will boost your client and believe you me the client will be retained to your company.

Be unique

Excellent customer service does not necessarily mean doing the same things the way others are doing. Creativity calls for uniqueness in your service which will please the client and have a reason of choosing you over the other company with same product or service.

When you are unique in your customer service the possibility of having many people try your product or company is very high. For instance the Apple Company is tech’s company on its own it’s not using Android or Windows. It is a brand that has stood out on its own for a long time and it is still among the leading techs company in the world through its inventions and creativity. If it’s about service make sure you give out the best because you never know whom you are presenting the company to.

Follow ups

Nothing pleases clients than following up on them and finding out how they are faring on. This will show the company’s level of commitment and concern to the clients.  Excellent customer service entails knowing how the product or service is fairing with the client. This will also help in the analysis of the product and service produced by the company. Most clients take this gesture a good step and tend to refer you to other potential investors in your company. Any feedback from the client should never be taken lightly however discouraging. This can help seal the holes in the company or sink it. So acting on them positively is the way to go. Through follow ups, the company-client relationship is founded and later on connection is built. Connection not only from your client but also from friends, associates and business partners of your clients. The connections will determine the growth of your startup company so the task will be to retain your client for the growth and development of the company.

In a nut shell, excellent customer service not only entails smiling and speaking that good English to a client, it requires more than just a normal service. Especially to a startup, this may determine the future of your company. When it comes to service I always say it is crucial and critical because there are many things people look when wanting requiring a service. Body language, etiquette, ability to communicate and many more nonverbal cues are a determinant of that multi-billion business you are about to sell. When choosing who to market and provide customer service as a startup, choose wisely because the person can either destroy you or make you.

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