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TALKING TO OTHERS AND BUILDING A
TEAM AROUND YOU IS ONE
OF THE MOST IMPORTANT
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE WHEN EMBARKING
ON YOUR ENTREPRENEURIAL
JOURNEY . best talent and preserving your own , you ’ ll need to make sure you ’ re fostering an environment where flexible working is accepted .
Using technology effectively can mitigate burnout risk , facilitate flexible working , increase productivity and foster creative thinking by decreasing consistent and mundane daily tasks . It ’ s important to take breaks from screens and automating some simple processes lets staff do just that , especially when you ’ re a small business with fewer people to do multiple tasks .
Keeping track of financials , for example , can quickly become an overbearing task , especially for small businesses who often lack capacity for financial expertise . Using software – including financial tools such as QuickBooks to help you keep track of income and expenses throughout the year – can improve operational efficiency , lending more time to strategically map out business growth and progression . In fact , over the past year the trend for mobile software has grown – QuickBooks software itself is also mobile-friendly – which allows employees to input data on-the-go , making tasks increasingly accessible and accomplishable under pressure .
It ’ s inevitable that workload and strain will vary despite using technology but being intelligent with the software you choose could relieve you from burdening tasks and burnout .
Don ’ t be afraid to reach out and seek advice
Talking to others and building a team around you is one of the most important steps you can take when embarking on your entrepreneurial journey . Some entrepreneurs feel as though they are cheating themselves by asking for opinions and passing some ownership onto others , yet to build a fully functioning business , it takes a team .
Even if your team members are auxiliary to your everyday operations , you will not likely regret investing time in gaining alternative perspectives .
By reaching out and connecting with others , your mindset is automatically enriched , helping you build a diverse portfolio and navigate the market you are entering . When I started out , I reached out to industry experts , friends and existing and potential customers whose advice was vital to my soon realised progression . �
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