Business is all about choices. It’s about the decisions we make on everything we do. Hopefully, the net conclusion is positive, but we don’t always know that. We don’t know what the future holds for anything. One day you’re making sure the accounts are running smoothly, the next you’re in a crisis. But no matter what happens in your business, the core function of any leader is to make decisions to keep things prosperous. But how? How do people know when to zig and not zag? How do people know when to buy and when to sell? What’s the blueprint? Especially when launching a new business, it's key to know how to choose between multiple options. Here we will talk about what it means to make business decisions and what it is to simplify the process. A whole lot of books have been written about this subject. It’s been spoken on by many experts.
Here, we’ll attempt to distill that info into something digestible, simple, and worthwhile.
When it comes to business essentials like the internet, it’s best to go with the most reliable option amidst all of the multiple options. Finding a service for broadband is easy if you use “reliable” as a metric. This means doing a bit of research and searching for service references. The internet has a few great tools such as forums that you can look through. But like hiring an employee, it’s always best to find someone within your business circle that has experience with the broadband company you’re looking for. Sadly, this is not always the easiest thing to do. People never give information for free, even if you’ve built a business relationship. So consulting expert advice online is your best bet. There aren’t many websites that compare business broadband. But once you find a good one, the advice and the analysis is generally quite sound.
Hiring people is difficult. You need to be able to assess their willingness to get down to business and not drag their feet. They need to be as passionate about what they’re doing as you are. In a small business, if this is not the case, you have a bit of a liability on your hands. So what should you look for in a partner or an employee? Stick to two things: character and competence. What is experience but an assurance that one can get a job done with minimal resources? What is “flexibility” but the ability to adapt to the variation of said resources? All of these are measures of competence. Simply put, “yes, I can do that. If I find any snags in my skills, I'll learn. Either way, the job is getting done.” That’s the attitude you’re looking for, When it comes to character, they need to have a balance of courtesy and respect. They don’t need to fall into a rigid pattern of “yes, sir” and “no, sir”--unless you want them to. But at the very least they need to know where they stand, what their role is, and where the lines are with coworkers. That is all.
The next set of decisions surround how to take the business forward. When you’re commanding the ship of a new business, you need vision and drive. But more importantly, you need benchmarks. Everyone has a vision for their business. That’s why people get into it. What tends to be lacking is the ability to scale their expectations and cut them into morsels and benchmarks. It can be a challenge to narrow down all the multiple options to find the very best ones. There’s an adage: “trust the process”. As much as social media may have run this piece of advice to the ground, it’s true. Lay down the blueprints and double-check the feasibility. Have trusted people within the company proofread the individual project plans. Then stick to it. This eliminates the bigger questions and allows you to focus on the options that come day by day.
Take things as they are. If you’re supposed to be the primary decision-maker in your business, your taste and characteristics will show. But don’t spend too much time on any one thing. That’s how you manage multiple options in the business. Unless it’s going to affect your bottom line, smaller choices will not affect the overall outcome. Donuts or flatbreads at the board meeting? It does not matter. But when it comes to things like quality assurance and protocol? That should take a bit more than a split decision. So on the day-to-day timelines, knowing how to allocate your time is going to save you a lot of headaches and wasted hours in the end.
Choices in business equal profits. Your choices make for a good work environment. Choices are what make a business move forward. So when it comes to choices, it’s good to know how to make them and how to choose between multiple options when starting a new business. Know when to think fast and know when to think slow. In the end, you’ll get to where you need to be.