After finding the necessary working capital or securing a small business loan to launch a new company, many people might think being a young entrepreneur is an automatic success story. The truth of the matter is a young business owner will still have a lot to prove to his or her employees, business associates and customers. Success at a young age can lead to a mistrust of the owner since many people may believe the individual’s business triumph to be a fluke, beginner’s luck or an aberration. As misguided as that may sound, this means young business owners may need to constantly prove their worth to the people surrounding them.
Thankfully, there are several techniques young business owners can use in their day-to-day activities to ensure those people who rely on the owner can also trust him or her. Here are five ways young business owners can show their employees, associates and customers why they’re the one in charge:
- Understand the limits of leadership
Every owner, no matter the age or level of success, wants to be seen as a leader by employees and colleagues. However, leadership has its limits. You will not be able to please everyone and fulfill all of their wishes. It’s simply impossible. Instead, focus your energy on ensuring you make the right decisions for the company. Don’t worry about pleasing the naysayers – if you make the right business decisions, they will eventually come around and see your point of view.
- Know the industry
Nothing says qualified better than being an expert in your respective field. Young entrepreneurs may know their individual business and market inside and out, but understanding the quirks and details about the entire industry ensures that the people the owner interacts with will respect his or her knowledge.
- Listen to advice
People in the prime of their youth tend to feel invincible and omniscient. Young business owners who found early success can be especially susceptible to feeling like they already know it all. But by listening to industry experts, leadership coaches and other long-time professionals, young owners can learn a lot about what they do not know. If possible, young entrepreneurs should enlist the help of a mentor to assist in guiding them to even greater success. According to Sage, a business management software and services company, 89 percent of the more than 11,000 small and medium-sized businesses in 17 countries surveyed said having a mentor helped them succeed.
- Delegate tasks
One of the most important aspects of being a successful business leader is knowing which tasks to delegate and to whom the tasks should be delegated to. No matter how old the business owner is, he or she will not be able to control everything. The bigger the company, the more the owner needs to delegate important aspects. By properly training employees to think logically and strategically about the business, a young owner can pass off the reins when need be so he or she can focus on the forest instead of the trees.
- Stay focused
While many young entrepreneurs seem to have unlimited energy, passion and vision, they may lack focus. This can be the result of too many ideas swimming around in their heads or simply due to inexperience. Instead of trying to solve every problem at once and implement every idea in his or her head, young business owners should focus on one task at a time, ensure it gets finished and then move on to the next one. This will show employees and associates the owner is committed to the task at hand and not lost in a flight of fancy.