Is your small business beginning to grow?
When you begin adding more and more people to your business operations, it becomes essential that you are able to effectively lead and manage those staff. Because after all, if you look after your staff, your staff will look after your customers and that is EXACTLY what we want as small business owners.
So, we have some tips to being a successful small business leader…
Engage your staff
There is nothing worse for employees than not knowing what is going on in the business and having no understanding of the goals that the business is trying to achieve. A successful leader will keep their staff informed of the goals for the business and implement tactics to achieve them, with the help of their dedicated team!
Speak to your team regularly about your goals for the business and this will give them the same sense of ownership over the goals as you.
Encourage professional development
As a leader and small business owner, you are learning every day. When we stop learning, we give up our ability to continue to improve both ourselves and our businesses. Both business law and marketing practices change at a fast pace and it is important to keep on top of the changes, to lead your business into the future.
But, you don’t have to do it all by yourself! Encourage your staff to get on board with professional development opportunities and share the information overload.
Understand your people are people
A great leader in small business understands that their staff are people too. People have problems and family commitments and all types of things that affect their working life – even if they try not to let them. Be fair and flexible with your staff when you can. This will build a great rapport and working relationship between you and your staff and will make it easier for you to run your business – solely because your staff trust you and feel they can be honest with you.
If you’re thinking about professional development for you or your staff, government funding is available under the Higher Level skills program for small business owners and employees to complete Certificate IV in Small Business Management.
Find out if you or your staff are eligible for the funding. Contact Asset College today.