“Catch the Wave of Success with These 7 Simple Steps” by guest blogger Sloan McKinney


There’s no flawless guide to becoming a success in the field of business, as each situation is unique on every level. From business plan and market conditions, to the leadership and workforce, every company is different. Of course, there are some things you can do to make sure that you’re making the most of your enterprise.

 Here are some simple, helpful suggestions that are positively instrumental when it comes to operating a successful business.

Love Your Work

Odds are your first job wasn’t running your business, and indeed most people quit their jobs to make their own dreams come true. While managing a business is always going to take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, the best way to offset this struggle is to be engaged with an idea, service, or a product that you are truly passionate about.

By having a vested personal interest in your work, it will become that much easier to deal with the hard times, and that much sweeter during the good times.

Plan For Your Future

Having an idea and hoping for the best does not make for an efficient business. Any successful enterprise is founded on measurable forecasts, analytics, monitoring and tweaking every step of the process. If you don’t know how you’re doing, how can you possibly expect to know what to improve?

Likewise, if you don’t set goals for where you want to be, you’ll never get a true sense of accomplishment for your work– planning is essential.

Continue Your Education

Regardless of what kind of business you manage, all things change over time, and you wouldn’t be doing what you do without feeling confident or even like an expert in your field. Staying on top of your game means knowing what’s new and changing as it relates to your business. While running a company often goes well beyond the scope of “full-time” employment, set aside time regularly to continually learn and discover new ideas.

Be Social; Network

The old adage that “it’s not what you know, but who you know” always carries at least a modicum of truth to it. Being available to customers publicly outside of business hours via social media is a great way to allow word-of-mouth to spread about your business organically, and also provides a great channel for you to meet with peers both locally and abroad, opening the door for cooperation that could make the workload of your business easier to shoulder.

Keep Your Mind On Your Money

Money’s really what it’s all about, right? Even though you’re doing what you love, you want to be successful and have the freedom to do what you want, including with your business. Keeping a tight eye on financials becomes pivotal in meeting those goals. Don’t make volatile investments that could negatively impact your resources. If you don’t feel confident handling the books, hire someone that you can trust to do the job right.

Engage in Risky Business, In Moderation

Time to time, you may be faced with some tough decisions that might make or break your business. Not acting in situations like this is usually not much more beneficial than making a wrong choice. Meanwhile, when you roll the dice and win, it can be a life-changing moment. Have the courage to take some bold leaps, but also have the wisdom to know when it is better to travel a safer route instead of making a flashy, careless display of executive power.

Come Up For Air

It can be surprisingly easy to spend every waking moment trying to grow and build a business, but successful entrepreneurs and CEOs don’t just travel the globe because they can; they do it because it can be stressful being accountable for every aspect of their company. And sure, also because they can. Don’t forget to take time for yourself and recharge your batteries. Sometimes the best choices come after the clarity that only rest and relaxation can bring.

Sloan McKinney is an online entrepreneur who enjoys researching and sharing her knowledge of successful business management tips. She also contributes to GlobalTollFreeNumber.com’s blog and covers customer service solutions, virtual globalization, and VoIP.