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6 Difficulties Faced By Entrepreneurs And Ways To Overcome Them

6 Difficulties Faced By Entrepreneurs And Ways To Overcome Them

All entrepreneurs have certain things in common. These extend to their personality traits, their attitudes and most importantly: to the problems they have to solve. Here are eight difficulties facing most entrepreneurs, and advice on how to handle them based on facts and statistics from the 2015 Infusionsoft Small Business Market Research Sales & Marketing Report.

1. Managing a website

It’s hard to think of a business that wouldn’t benefit in some form from having its own website. But for them to benefit, entrepreneurs have to put some amount of time and effort into creating and updating those websites. The business of entrepreneurs won’t gain any traction if the site isn’t built on a solid foundation and if they don’t regularly add new content to keep readers coming back – that’s why it’s so disappointing that only 38% of businesses have a site that receives regular updates. For entrepreneurs to succeed they should always be in that 38%. Best practice is to get people who understand web design to build your site and to find writers who can make your site more than just a promotional vehicle.

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2. Marketing their business online.

Entrepreneurs need to know the best resources for marketing their product or service. Major ways to promote a company include compiling email lists, creating original content, engaging in search engine optimization (SEO) practices and understanding pay-per-click advertising. Perhaps most importantly in regards to social media however, is…

3. Effectively utilizing social media

Social media for your business is as expensive (or inexpensive) as you want it to be, which is why it’s used by 71% of businesses that have websites. Entrepreneurs can benefit from a large budget for social media but real success comes from quality and consistent content on a variety of platforms. It’s important to know specifically which social media services will benefit your business. Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are the Big Three (Facebook specifically is used by 76% of companies with websites) but it can pay dividends to research your industry and discover what will generate the most leads.

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4. Overcoming small marketing and PR budgets

It’s hard to afford someone who will work full time on marketing and public relations if your business is still small. A scant 24% of companies can afford to spend even $1,000/month on it. Part of the way to overcome that small budget is to use affordable services like the ones mentioned above (especially email lists, SEO and social media), but another trick is hiring employees who can wear multiple hats. When you can’t afford to bring on someone new to market your company, you better have someone on staff who can do it well – if not exceptionally.

5. Leaving customers satisfied.

As important as marketing is, an impressive 62% of business comes from making existing customers happy. Provide great customer service and a great product so that buyers will refer their friends to your business. Entrepreneurs struggle so much to get people in the door that sometimes they forget to focus on the experience when they come in. As much as marketing matters, the number one priority should be on perfecting the buying experience and the thing being bought; so that customers come back and tell their friends to stop in too.

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6. Budgeting time

Time is one of the least available resources for entrepreneurs, with 55% of entrepreneurs agreeing that there’s not enough of it to do everything they need to get done daily. To overcome this, learn what tasks you can afford to delegate to other people on your staff. Do this by thinking hard about what needs your personality behind the work, and what’s mundane enough that the person behind the curtain isn’t significant. With that kind of consideration – and by heeding the other advice in this article – managing a business doesn’t become easy (it’s never easy, nor should it be) but it becomes doable.

Featured photo credit: Fabrice Grinda, Internet Entrepreneur, angel investor,Co-CEO, OLX @ LeWeb 11 Les Docks-9127/OFFICIAL LEWEB PHOTOS via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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