Leading by Example as a Beading Business Owner

It can be difficult for your beading business staff, especially if you're new to the field of entrepreneurship. However, the same passion that pushed you into the industry will be your biggest asset when it comes to making the most of your position as a team leader.

Because you're the person in complete control of your beading business, it's automatically your responsibility to be a leader for the company, regardless of whether you hire a chief executive officer or general manager in the future. If you would like to assume these roles yourself, it will be even more important for you to master the skills of being an efficient leader.

There are a few ways that you can make the most of the opportunity to lead your company and staff without pushing yourself to the brink of exhaustion on a regular basis:
  1. Stay organized. It can be easy to get lost in the shuffle of everyday life at the office, especially when you're the person who is primarily responsible for the success of your business. However, making an effort to stay organized is one way that you can relieve yourself of stress and anxiety.

    Whether you work from home or in a commercial space, it's important to make sure everything is in its place to make things easier on yourself on a daily basis. For instance, make sure you have the right furniture to stay organized. Filing cabinets and hanging folders are a must for any entrepreneur who works with a large client base. Keeping your resources stocked, such as printer ink and paper, can also spare headaches and time in the future. An organized business owner can also be efficient in setting an example for the rest of the staff.
  2. Keep the creativity flowing. As a beading business, it's important to keep your product line fresh to make sure customers continue to go to your company for goods. Oftentimes, entrepreneurs make the mistake of allowing creativity to fall by the wayside among their other obligations, such as bookkeeping and advertising. This can significantly hurt the bottom line of a company over time.

    To make sure that your business is always one step ahead of the curve, try dedicating a portion of each day to creativity. Even if it's only for 20 minutes every day, taking the time to think of new ideas that could make your product more innovative can give you an edge on the competition. Your employees may also take a hint by seeing you lead the pack in brainstorming.
  3. Be a team leader. It's not only important to be a strong leader for the future success of your company but for each employee who works for your business. Experienced entrepreneurs will tell you that one of the easiest ways you can keep your small beading business comfortably afloat is by taking the time to motivate your employees.

    As a staff member, it can be easy to get carried away with the stress of the job. It's a much different position than being the owner of the company, but the anxiety levels can be the same. To make sure that your employees are always motivated to perform their best, take the time to speak with each of them and listen to their concerns. Bring the entire staff together at least once a week to collectively work as a team to resolve common issues. Doing so can help you strengthen your leadership skills and overall benefit your small beading business.
  4. Stick to your mission and vision for the company. Too often, entrepreneurs stray from their initial vision for their companies once they initially find success. This can quickly cause problems when it comes to business operations and make company owners forget what their overall purpose is: to serve the consumer.

    To make sure you lead by example for your small beading business and never forget to focus on customer satisfaction, consider posting your mission statement somewhere in the office. Frame it and hang it up on the wall to remind yourself of why you come to work everyday. Refer to it in meetings and discussions with your staff members to remind them of your overall mission as well. It can be exciting to have control over your own career as an entrepreneur, but it can be a double-edged sword once the initial success gets to your head.
By taking a few of these steps into consideration, you can make sure that you're always making strides as a leader for your small beading business. These are also lessons that your employees will be able to learn and take with them for the rest of their lives.