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Daily Challenges For Every Entrepreneur

May 31, 2008
Prepare For Disaster

There may be an instance where you hire a person for a very important position, but the person simply resigns - after all the money you spend on them during the training process. This situation can be very stressful, but you can reduce your stress by being prepared.

You should be mentally geared for such developments and take them in stride. Be prepared for emergency situations. When it comes to your employees, make sure that every one of them is cross-trained in at least 2 other departments.

Business Realities

Always submit a proposal to a prospective customer after taking into account the cost of the employees involved in the project and the investment in providing the product or service, with a little margin. Consider the cost of labor and material.

But, in spite of this, if the contract goes to some other company and at half the price you quoted, this is a reality that you will have to live with. Just like you can't please all the people all the time, you will lose customers to competitors sometimes.

If this happens to you, it isn't total disaster - simply the cost of doing business. Don't be afraid to learn from the loss of a customer - ask them why they chose the other company and figure out what you can do to get their business the next time around.


As an entrepreneur, a lot of your success (or failure) will have to do with your attitude. It's easy to be optimistic when things are going well, but what do you do when things go wrong?

By keeping a positive attitude, you are mentally expecting success. If you have other employees, keep in mind that their mindset about the business and how things are going will be greatly dictated by the way you react - to everything.


To pay your employees and vendors in all circumstances is truly one of the toughest parts of being an entrepreneur. Sometimes, your only option is to use some of your savings and invest in the company to bridge the gap. If this is the case for you, try to find alternate sources of financing, such as a small business loan or a loan from relatives.

If all else fails, consider a home equity loan or second mortgage.

Gradual Success

Sometimes entrepreneurs meet with big-time success overnight - but this happens only rarely. When it comes to entrepreneurship, be diligent and persistent, and you will eventually enjoy the sweet smell of success.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for six sigma professionals including, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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