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Can You Transition from Working to Managing a Business?

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to see your close friends, peers, and even family try their hand at managing a business and dip their toes in the waters of emerging industries. While some experience massive success at first, it’s always sustainability that introduces the hardest of challenges. As a result, most people figure out that they’re not made for the business world by the process of elimination, and whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, we can’t deny that experiences make them a lot more knowledgeable.

However, once you switch roles and place yourself in their shoes, objective evaluation becomes a lot more challenging to accomplish. Because you’ll most likely be too enthusiastic or excited, thinking straight is a lot harder than you imagine. But, we advise getting carried away by strong emotions because taking a good long look in the mirror to criticize yourself is essential to understanding your level of preparedness for the new responsibility.

#1 Are You Passionate About Your Goals?

Like with any other dream that strives to become a reality, passion for these goals is what drives motivation and willpower to keep you on your toes and push beyond your known limits. And knowing that managing a startup requires more than just your typical effort, expect this new responsibility to demand more from your burning desire to see things all the way to their end.

  • Expect Difficult Situations Regularly: Although any career path is riddled with its fair share of difficult situations to navigate through, these occurrences are a lot more common for business owners and entrepreneurs. And that’s because their livelihood is directly affected by looming external threats that could happen at any second, like the fears of inflation spiking higher or bearish indicators overriding economic recovery.
  • Motivation Will Be the Least of Your Worries: Often, people search for motivation to complete their task assignments at work and strive for a healthy balance between productivity and leisure. However, while people portray entrepreneurs with time to spare, the early grunt work requires upfront time investments that can have you push 80-hour workweeks every month. Responsibilities that you’ll have to accomplish regardless of the presence of motivation.

#2 Do You Have the Right People Beside You?

Apart from your intrinsic values, an excellent way to gauge your preparedness for managing a new business is looking around you and discerning if you’ve got that mastermind group ready at a moment’s notice. You see, while a sole proprietorship does have some benefits, scalability and business growth demands teams and networks of people you can tap because funneling all the work to yourself limits your options.

  • A Vast Network of Professional Contacts: Depending on the nature of business and the scope of the industry you plan to enter, a vast network of various professional contacts can help you keep in touch with the right people. For example, opening a car dealership to sell brand-new Toyota cars means getting in touch with the closest branch manager and, if possible, an expert in the field to get things up and running.
  • Potential Business Partners And Investors: While maintaining complete control and supervision over operations can streamline most business processes, you will need to find business partners in the future to expand your reach. As a result, knowing a few potential investors and like-minded entrepreneurs to connect with is crucial, even if you’re starting first.

#3 What Skills Do You Bring to the Table?

At the end of the day, skills pay the bills, and no matter how passionate you can be or well-rounded your group of people can be, baseline competencies are required for business success. It’s like any other venture or opportunity that comes your way; it’s all about showing your skills and proving to the world that you have what it takes to make a change.

  • Learning Effective Leadership Techniques: Since you’ll be assuming the role of head and most executive functions, learning effective leadership techniques are some of the first things you’ll need to catch up on. Business management includes a lot of meetings, talking, and assigning tasks to people, and your ability to influence others will be tested.
  • Knowing Your Way Around Sales: We know it may sound cliche to put forward the mantra of learning sales all over again, but a solid understanding of effective sales plans is crucial for turning a profit in any industry. And once you get the ball rolling at an automated pace, the pieces will fall into place with enough practice.

Don’t Jump To Conclusions And Approach With Caution.
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Overall, there’s a bunch of entrepreneurial characteristics you need to match before you can consider yourself ready for any business management responsibility. So, avoid jumping to any sudden conclusions and try a systematic approach to checking off the boxes one by one.

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