Sometimes culture in entrepreneurship environments falls to the waist side to productivity, growth, and profit to meet your organizations goals. Culture is an immeasurable thing that holds all the pieces of your organization together. If you talk to almost any Silicone Valley executive, they will all have different opinions about how to evolve a company’s culture, but one thing they will all agree on is that a solid culture cultivates an organizations success.
Why do women want to become entrepreneurs?
I asked a couple that are in my graduate program and most common responses were to have freedom, be their own boss, and to hopefully empower other women to become entrepreneurs themselves. Personally, I have enjoyed to see the growth in female business owners over the last few years. In fact, I have been working close with two sisters on a gourmet ice cream business where we have a very niche product that is offered by other companies (that’s to be discussed in a later blog post).
In 2013, Cox conducted a survey that was given to 624 women entrepreneurs and business owners in North America. The survey asked the women participants various well-being questions in regards to business.
Eric Ries and Steve Blank are one of the early adopters of instigating a minimum viable product (MVP) as part of the startup process. Blank defines a MVP “not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief.” Blank is an advocate for executing Learn Startup approach for almost a business. One strategy behind building and utilizing a MVP is not to use too many resources (eg. time and money). Get your MVP built quickly so you can start testing your hypothesis using the new product.
Leaders provide direction, successful leaders maintain progress, visionaries, authoritarian, and are influential. Yeas those are the traits that most good and successful leaders have. So ask yourself, what do non-leaders do? Not nothing, because if you are doing nothing, you are actually still doing something, it’s nothing. A non-leader is somebody that may not have influence on the people around them in the workplace, because you can still #GSD and not lead those around you.
Being a leader means having the capacity to lead, inspire, and instill commitment in those around them. Take a minute to think about all the times you are a leader throughout your day. Who do you inspire? How do you lead? Is it by your ability to connect with the person? Is it your commitment to first focus on change in yourself before you are able to establish change in others?
How is your self-care as an entrepreneur?
Self-care can be particularly tricky for some entrepreneurs, since most entrepreneurs tend to juggle a variety of hats. The most important hat an entrepreneur wears is the self-care hat, and that one tends to be ignored on a regular basis. Self-care is defined in the dictionary as taking care of one self without medical assistance. I look at self-care as taking care of you beyond the regular exercise and healthy eating.
If you are new at business start-up then you have found the perfect blog post for you. I am going to lie out in simple steps (given that order can vary from start-up to start-up). My goal is to get the wheels turning so you can develop your own protocol that works for your business. The most appealing attribute of being an entrepreneur is there is no single right way to start your new business venture. In fact, there are countless ways to get from point A to point B. The choice is yours in what path you take in starting your new business.