There are so many things to consider when moving headlong into any entrepreneurial dream. You have to calculate risk and reward, you have to look at organization and details, you have to understand financial management, and you need to know how to develop and express your dream. These can be daunting tasks.
Because there is so much riding on the success or failure of your entrepreneurial dream it can also be easy to fall into a trap of ‘win at all costs’. What this means is you ultimately choose to do whatever you think you need to do to succeed.
By all means you should develop a strong business and marketing plan. You should work at customer service and have a solid plan for growth. However, the problem often expresses itself most in the intense drive or even obsession in climbing the success ladder.
Work to develop better than average ethics in the execution of your business. Your business ethics are a strong statement about you and ultimately your business. By treating customers better than you have to you will likely find your efforts will be rewarded through addition sales or passing on information about you to others within their sphere of influence.
If you think you might need some help in developing a strong business ethic ask a trusted business associate for help. You might even consider asking someone to be an accountability partner. This individual would ask you tough questions about how you are managing your business and if your ethics remain intact. This step should only be done if you are serious about keeping high standards for your business.
Individuals can become very defensive if they have an accountability partner and are not especially interested in answering the tough questions.
By treating your customers the way you want to be treated you will find a greater sense of loyalty to your online entrepreneurial efforts. There are fewer and fewer companies who understand the benefits of considering the needs of the customer first.
This is why knowledge-based content is so important to a website, along with exceptional follow-up and follow through. If customers feel like they are a bother if they have to approach you about a failed product after the sale, you may need to work on follow-up and follow through.
The old saying, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression,” holds a lot of truth. Make sure your first impression is the best possible.