Ok so the title of this post maybe a bit dramatic lol. There are a ton of “unwritten rules” when it comes to doing business. However, three have shaped my perspective as to how I approach business and I think it is imperative I share them with you – as they give purpose to everyday business decisions.
My current place of employment can be pretty intense. The owner of the Interior design firm in which I annoyingly love going to Mon-Friday IS. A.TRIP! Although I have been brought to tears under his leadership… seriously, think Bobby Knight minus the chair throw . I have also learned SO much! I have learned more from this man in a year than I Learned from a host of college professors while in design school for 4 years and being in the industry for 3. He has pushed me to new heights mentally and as a designer.
My first day on the job, I learned two rules of business that will follow me for the rest of my life and into any financial endeavor and business partnership. Here they are….
(and yes you must say it with the dramatic pause after “trust”.)
This is a pretty simple rule to grasp and can be heard often in our office. We all expect others to do their job, unfortunately this isn’t always the case. People lie to cover their own butts or simply don’t complete a task they are responsible for more often than not. The rule isn’t meant to be offensive to your colleagues, it is simply to remind you that at times, people slip and let certain tasks fall by the waist side. Therefore be vigilant and take the extra step to double check, ask necessary questions and follow up.
2. Don’t depend on others for your happiness – Take control.
This rule can be applied to life in general. We often put our happiness in the hands of others; Whether it’s waiting on a colleague to deliver information, or waiting on a friend thats late for dinner. In business, leaving things in someone else’s hands can be detrimental. It is important to take control of situations when possible, to be the leader, the one with the answers and the person making the plays instead of waiting for someone else to pass the ball. ( Side note: I am on a roll with the basketball references, can you tell NBA pre-season has me hype!? lol … ok back to the post at hand…)
3. Never pay someone else for a service you are capable of doing yourself.
I have learned the third rule of business in pursuit of growing The Purposed Culture. Over a short period of time Jasmine and I paid 1,200 dollars to an outside company to provide us with a service for The Purposed Culture. A service we were very capable of producing ourselves. We became overwhelmed with the day-to-day responsibilities of growing a blog. We didn’t know if we were headed in the right direction and could’ve used some help to create a clear plan for TPC to grow and flourish. What we got was another company handling our social media (which we obviously can do) and a few how-to/tip guides for blogging. Here is where rule number 3 comes in….
Jasmine and I were not satisfied with the way this particular business transaction was going for more reasons than one and quickly realized no one could handle any entity of TPC like we could. No one can build our audience or portray our vision the way we can, it was a harsh reality. We couldn’t be lazy, cut corners or you guessed it “depend on others for our happiness.” We all know the saying “If you want something done, do it yourself” and that couldn’t be more true! Don’t play yourself and don’t let anyone else play you. Do your do diligence, research, gain adequate knowledge and do whatever “it” is yourself!
Whelp, there you have it purposed business people! Let’s trade secrets, let me know below what unwritten business rules you live by!
-With Purpose, Sydnie