A lot of the world’s biggest companies first started out from a home office or – in the case of Steve Jobs and Apple – a garage. And the idea makes total sense, when you consider the costs of renting or buying an office tend to be far too high for a business that isn’t turning a profit yet. That said, home-based businesses do have some significant downsides, which you need to be aware of before you get started on your business. Here are some of the problems you might face, and some essential guidelines to follow.
If you’re a business owner, you should know that your employees are super important to the growth and success of your company. They will support you, bring things to the table that you can only dream of, and help you to build the empire you envisioned when you were just starting out. However, keeping your employees engaged and satisfied is absolutely crucial. It’s all too easy for your employees to feel demotivated and stop producing the high quality of work that they once produced, no matter how long they have worked for your company.
Throughout your working life, you will often hear a phrase similar to ‘the customer is always right’ and where you know that to be true, it can also be an annoying rule when certain customers are being the absolute worst. However, as you rise through the ranks and reach the point where you own your own business, you come to realise that not only are that saying right, but the clients are also in charge of how you go about your work. And if you fight that fact, you could very quickly find yourself losing them.
I’m an unwitting people-watcher, I use the word “unwitting” because I really don’t care to put my nose in people’s business. Instead, I find that I look at random people in random situations and ask myself questions like: Why is this person like this? What has he been through? If his situation were different, would he do this? What is he really like, behind the façade? Why is the world like this on issues like this?
Yes, I know you’re reading this because of the headline. You’re not alone. People ask this question a lot: How do I make money? The answer is very simple. Problems. It’s as simple as that. It’s universally accepted that this life is full of ups and downs, good times and bad times. And even more interesting, is the fact that both good and bad times pose respective challenges or problems. In other words, there are good problems and there are bad ones. At any rate, those problems needs solutions and providing those solutions is the only way to make money.
The word is negative, yes! But let’s hypothetically rid it of that connotation. It is only natural to be selfish; it doesn’t make you a bad person, it makes you human. I’m not saying it’s alright to be selfish, I’m saying it is oh, so true.
From the loving mother to the business owner, from the driver on the highway, to your best friend or even your wife: they are all a ‘Selfish bunch!’ The philanthropist involved in charity is probably the most selfish of them all. Tell me, is he not looking for self fulfillment, inner peace, and some good works to his name or even some good press?