Though having the ability to compromise is considered a noble character trait, it can become a hindrance to building a strong, successful business. Yes, of course, being flexible and listening to the needs and desires of others is a part of living a quality life, however, in doing so, are you compromising your business dreams. Are you allowing circumstances or others to dictate your decisions? If so, you may be hurting your future as a businesswoman.
Additionally, how we build our business and the integrity we use to do it, could be dwindling with this type of compromise. Compromise can take away from the high standards we might have had in the beginning. At some point, your customers or clients will notice. It can be easy to become complacent with your systems, particularly if you struggle to get something off the ground. Pay attention to your choices and check yourself for slippery slopes that take you far from where you want to be. Don’t compromise these 3 areas of your business dream.
Your Business Location
It’s important to locate your business or office in a safe, quality area of town. This means being where you will be seen and attract the most traffic or revenue. This doesn’t mean you have to rent or buy the most expensive building, however. There are affordable spaces all over, you just have to look and pay attention. Check with a commercial realtor or online services like www.proplist.com to help you locate exactly what you want and need.
Consider where you’ve always dreamed of being and look there first. You never know what might open up for you by simply setting the intention to have your dream office space. If you feel happy and fulfilled there, your employees, customers, clients, and colleagues will, too.
Staff or Employees
The people whom you hire are an extension of you and your dreams or, at least, they should be. Therefore, I recommend that you never compromise when it comes to hiring staff or employees. This goes for freelancers and contractors, as well. The problems that can arise from poor hiring are not worth the money you might save with a lower qualified candidate. Always seek out the most excited and motivated employees to join your team. Go with the ones who most closely fit into your business dream.
Quality Standards and Integrity
It’s easy to slip into a pattern of lower quality and integrity standards when times get tough. However, consider challenging situations as crossroads to propel you further toward success instead of compromise. After all, you didn’t go into business to be mediocre or just like everyone else, did you? No, I imagine you wanted to do your best and be a top business in your industry. Well, the only way to even think about doing this is to uphold high quality and integrity.
You may have to delay product development if it’s not quite right or wait to hire until you have the funds. Perhaps you’ll need to iron out the details before making a big decision. Do all of this with your destination in mind. Ask yourself if what you’re doing ultimately lines up with who you are and where you want to be as a business owner. If you follow this practice every time, you won’t fail yourself or your dream.