When we first set up a business, it’s easy for us to stay motivated. We’re making rapid progress, and what we should do next seems obvious. However, it won’t stay that way forever. Eventually, we’ll hit a brick wall – and we don’t just mean our business will hit a wall, we mean our personal contribution to it. It might be that we need to enhance our own career if we’re going to deliver our best to our company. Here are five ways to enhance your business career.
Actually Think About It
When we’re not contributing as much as we should be, it’s easy to look around and find somebody or something else to blame. In fact, the last place we look is usually inward. If things aren’t going quite right, take a look at your contribution and how effective you’re being. This is a good practice even if things are ticking along smoothly; just because things are going well, doesn’t mean things can’t get better. Every so often, have a look at how you’re performing and compare them with your standards.
Review Your Skills
You’ll have learned a lot just through the nature of work, skills that you didn’t have when you began. The thing is, most people seem to think they’re good at set things (usually those things they were good at school), and then downplay the other skills they have because they’re relatively new. If you take an honest look at your strengths and weaknesses, you might find that you’re not as good in some areas as you thought you were and that in others you’re actually better, just because you’ve been absorbing those new skills over time.
Topping up your Resume
Whatever field you’re in, it’s always a good idea to look at what you can do to improve yourself and boost your resume. There are plenty of courses available that can give you the skillsets you need to perform your duties to the best of your ability. If your field is social media, then learning how to decode big data would be helpful. OR, if you’re in the engineering field, then an online engineering management masters would help add leadership qualities to your string of skills. It’s all about finding the courses that can top up your existing attributes to make them effective in the workplace.
Talk to those Around You
One of the biggest faults a small business owner can have is believing that they have all the answers. They never do. By opening and asking others for advice, you’re able to learn, and you’ll also be building the kind of networking relationships that you may be able to use in a more tangible business sense at some point in the future.
Motivation and inspiration don’t come easy. If you lack in either, then a small business will be an uphill battle. Inspiration can be found everywhere, though, if you’re looking for it: figure out what inspires you and make sure you’re making part of your life.