A big part of being a business owner is taking advantage of the opportunity to control every aspect of your company. As an entrepreneur, the world is your oyster--at least in the workplace. One of the largest benefits of owning a business is the opportunity to instill rules and standards that fit your tastes. However, this can be a double-edged sword, as most entrepreneurs quickly find out.
Dress code is often one of the hardest rules to establish in the workplace. Not only is it difficult to make everyone happy, but you have to abide by these standards as well. It can be difficult to make sure a dress code is upheld, but it can be even harder to decide on one in the initial stages of launching your beading business.
First, it's important for you to decide what you'll be wearing as the face of the company. Regardless of whether you have a large staff or just a few employees working with you, you'll need to set a standard for what you wear. It's important that you choose a style that you're comfortable with, but one that will help you convey your company message to your customers.
Oftentimes, many people opt for traditional suits while conducting business. Not only does this show a sign of professionalism, but it can help you build a reputation for your company, which is important in the initial stages of opening your beading operation. However, this is not the only option when it comes to choosing a style of wardrobe for business matters. Entrepreneur.com mentions a few of the most common styles that pertain to company dress codes that you might want to consider:
Business casual. This type of clothing can be reserved to button-down shirts and a decent pair of slacks. While it's not the same as wearing a full-on suit, it might just be the perfect balance of comfort and professionalism that you're looking for.
Forced casual. If you're interested in portraying a laid-back look for your customers to make them feel comfortable, this may be an option. Forced casual can be defined as wearing shorts to flaunt a relaxed attitude, regardless of whether you're actually the type to sport shorts on a regular basis. In turn, you might be going beyond your own comfort level, but it may be just what you need if you want to convey a mellow vibe to your equally mellow clientele.
Mixed. A new type of style that more modern entrepreneurs are going with is a mix of casual and professional wear. It may seem out of the box, but that's the point--to give customers something to think about when they see you. Entrepreneurs who are daring enough to go with this dress code are known for matching up suit jackets with golf polos. It might seem out of place and odd, but it works for many up-and-coming entrepreneurs who are looking to make sure they're one step ahead of the game.
If you can't decide on one type of dress code to institute in your workplace, there are a few items you can keep on hand to make sure you're never unprepared, whether you're meeting with a client or a few co-workers for lunch.
You might want to go with a professional look as an entrepreneur.
One piece that can be especially beneficial to entrepreneurs who take on many faces at their beading business, is a reversible overcoat. Although it may seem silly to think that one item of clothing can bail you out of tough situations, it's possible. With a reversible jacket, you can go from business casual to professional in a matter of minutes. And you don't have to wear it all the time--just keep it on a hook behind an office door for those emergencies. A blazer works for men and women alike.
"I have a classic, navy-blue blazer that I keep around the office," Matt Meeker, co-founder of Meetup and Polaris Venture Partners, told Entrepreneur.com. "If I'm meeting with entrepreneurs, I wear jeans and a T-shirt. But if I meet with investors or corporate types, I throw the blazer on. It's versatile and simple."
Consider keeping a spare change of pants and shoes in your office space as well. As a woman, it can be tiring to wear pumps all day and having a pair of comfortable flats handy is always a good idea. For men, having an extra pair of slacks to change into to get rid of a food stain before a meeting is a must. Taking these precautionary measures into consideration and thinking over your dress code can benefit your beading business over time.
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