There’s no better time than the beginning of the year for tech entrepreneurs to cast a fresh perspective on their current workflow and outlook. Yet, with all of the multitasking required from an online start-up, taking time out to reassess is no easy feat. Before the first month of the new year comes to a close, here’s a bite-size list of feasible, yet challenging resolutions for the busy techie to consider.
I will keep it simple
We know. Much easier said than done. Operating in a digital landscape awards tech start-ups many benefits, such as lower barriers to entry than the traditional workspace and typically less overhead costs. And yet, the Internet’s vastness also allows for the use of multiple media platforms (think Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, WordPress, etc.) which can often overwhelm even the best managers. For instance, while it’s important to have a social media presence, that presence won’t do anybody good if it’s inconsistent and lacking engagement. Picking one or two platforms that best fit one’s start-up’s mission, audience and voice and experimenting with best practices just might prove to be much more valuable than trying to be everywhere at once.
I will learn to say no
Running a tech start-up requires professional juggling skills, but knowing when to say no plays a big part in keeping those many tasks suspended mid-air. Whether a one-woman show or part of a start-up team, entrepreneurs are likely to achieve success if their micromanaging skills are constantly sharpened. Determining what tasks and meetings are “must-haves” as opposed to “nice-to-haves” not only saves companies a great deal of valuable time and effort, but also helps to keep the focus on their original mission.
I will celebrate success
Stopping to smell the roses might be a cliché, but it’s true nonetheless. Between nurturing an innovative idea to operating a full-fledged business, being a tech entrepreneurs is non-stop profession fueled primarily by passion. As go-getters, they’re constantly aiming for growth and scalability to take their start-up to the next level, sometimes failing to see what they’ve accomplished on their way to the top. Taking a moment to recognize how far an idea has come boosts team moral and offers an extra shot of confidence, which is particularly useful to early-stage start-ups and first-time founders.