There are some great things about being the boss and working from home. You get to decide the shift patterns. You choose who to work with. And, overall, you’re in charge. The flexibility is something most people yearn for, especially the individuals with families. However, it’s a guilt-edged sword.
Owners of home-based businesses can enjoy the benefits too much and lack professionalism. Plus, it’s easy to validate it by saying “well, it’s only a startup.” A new company it may be, but no one gets anywhere with this attitude.
Here are the reasons why. Hopefully, the following will encourage you to be as professional as possible regardless of the situation.
People in the UK are waking up to the news that British Airline customers have had their credit card information stolen. If it can happen to an institution such as BA, then it can happen to a green startup which only opened its doors weeks ago. Don’t think hackers won’t target you because the little companies are the easiest to break into. Their lack of professionalism means they don’t take cyber security seriously. Proficient leaders speak to the likes of Office Tek and SECOM to make sure everything is encrypted. One breach can cause customers to bounce and never return.
Size matters in business because clients and consumers need to know they can trust the brand. Sadly, most people don’t think small companies have the same level of dependence. Because they’re not big enough, they lack the resources to deliver on their promises. Thankfully, being a professional boss can make it seem as if you’re the CEO of Fortune 500 company. The way you dress, walk, act and talk all makes an impression on shoppers and potential partners. Hiring business premises for a meeting or renting a PO Box are basic ways to stand out as a large, reputable firm.
Massive corporations have rules and regulations regarding employee behaviour. SMEs make them up as they go along, and it’s a huge gamble. Even if there are five people in the workplace, you need to make sure there are boundaries. Otherwise, the company might end up in a legal storm pertaining to a harassment case. Never assume people know how to act in the office. Instead, teach them to follow the rules and avoid any nasty incidents. Let them know they are accountable for their actions by enlightening them to the consequences.
Certain companies take a casual approach and it works wonders. Google and Facebook are two examples. However, you don’t have the same resources to help understand the employee mindset. So, letting them wear casual clothes and take Fridays off aren’t savvy ideas. Little things such as business dress and working efficiently encourage workers to give their best at all times. Sure, some will slack off but it’s about the mentality as a whole. Professional employees and bosses want to be better and try and grow and expand at every opportunity.
Are you a professional outfit? Do you take your responsibilities seriously?