Building A Career As A Freelance Writer: 7 Mistakes To Avoid

 

Want to turn your writing talent into a career? Freelance writing certainly isn’t an easy career path, but for those that find success it can be extremely rewarding. The entire field has moved online, so if you’re focusing on paper publications this could be your first mistake – you’ll find most of your opportunities through blogs. Here are just a few other mistakes to avoid when chasing a career as a freelance writer.

 

Not owning a blog yourself

 

Every freelance writer needs their own blog. A personal blog can serve as a portfolio for your talent when getting your first freelance writing jobs. It allows people to assess just how good a writer you are and tells people that you’re serious about this writing thing. A personal blog can also be a source of income – one that you may have more control over. If you’re struggling to get jobs working for other blogs, you can always publish a sponsored post on your own blog as a fall back option. Sites like Fiverr are great for finding paid writing opportunities – this could be anything from an album review to a paid advertisement piece on a new holiday. Meanwhile, if your blog grows and gets lots of readers, you may be able to make a bit of money through ad revenue.  

 

WordPress and Blogger are just two of the most popular blogging platforms – both of which are free. Of course, you may want to pay for a domain name to make your blog feel more official, which you can do so through sites like GoDaddy.

 

Not cold pitching

 

You may be able to find a steady paid gig at a blog or a company writing content that’s given to you, but if you really want to turn your love of writing into a career and get your work published on those bigger platforms, you’ll need to do a bit of cold pitching. This basically involves contacting a publication you’ve never had contact with and persuading them to let you write for them. By coming up with an engaging post idea, you may be able to sway the editor of that publication into giving you a chance.

 

Cold pitching can require some persistence – it’s worth following up your pitches. Obviously, you want to stay polite and professional and not keep harassing them, as this will do nothing for you cause. Also try to stick to email when contacting editors and try not pitch people via Twitter/text/climbing-through-their-bedroom window at night, as this may just annoy them.

 

Failing to make use of social media

 

Social media is a writer’s best friend. It’s the perfect marketing medium for sharing your work and getting more exposure. You can also use social media to find paid writing opportunities – there are many Facebook groups specifically set up for advertising opportunities. LinkedIn meanwhile functions as a public CV, allowing you to list your writing achievements and previous jobs that you’ve held in order to help persuade people that you’re a serious writer. All in all, social media is an important tool for building your reputation and finding new work.  

 

Prioritising you own work over client work

 

Client work has to come first if you want to build a reputation as a reliable writer. If you miss a deadline because you were too preoccupied writing content for your personal blog, you could blow the opportunity to ever write for that publication again. Make sure that you’re putting clients first – your own work can wait.

 

Using copyrighted material without permission

 

The web is tightening up its copywriting laws and more blogs and publications are finding themselves in legal battles for using a photograph or a quote without permission. Make sure that when using someone else’s content, you always provide a link to the source underneath or a description to tell people where you got that content from. You may also want to change the search settings when using Google or Bing to find images, so that you’re only using images that are other users have allowed you to use for free. Not caring about copyright laws could get you into trouble with publications and blogs that you write for. At the very least, the content will be deleted, which could affect the quality of your post.

 

Forgetting to do your taxes

 

As a freelance writer, you will likely be in charge of filing your taxes. It’s important that you don’t forget to do this, otherwise you could find yourself in a lot of trouble. Calculating taxes and expenses can get complicated – if you’re finding it difficult to do it manually on a spreadsheet, consider investing in some accounting software such as UltimateTax to help make things easier. Not only will it speed up the bookkeeping process, but it will reduce the likeliness of any errors. Similarly, try not to forget sending invoices where necessary – forget to the send them and you may not get paid for your work! Set reminders when it comes to payments if you think you’re likely to forget.

 

Not fact checking your work correctly

 

There’s a lot of fake news on the web. If you’re writing something that contains factual information, make sure that you’re checking your facts to ensure that they’re from trustworthy sources. A statement thrown out by someone on a web forum isn’t a source you can trust – look into studies or quote government sources. Keeping your content factually sound will prevent angry comments and protect the reputation of the publication that you’re writing for – you don’t want to be the reason that nobody trusts that publication any more as a reliable source.

The Best Ways Introverted Leaders Can Harness Help In Business

 

It certainly feels like you are faced with constant confrontation, maybe with a customer, or you have to mediate between two employees, and it can certainly get you down. When you are of an introverted disposition, but you are in a position of power, it’s a very fine balance to tread, because you want to be seen as that useful and resourceful leader, but sometimes, you don’t have the internal strength to push through. This is where help is, and should be, harnessed. And what are the best ways introverted leaders can make the most of additional help?

Outsourcing

Outsourcing has long been a crutch of sorts that businesses use to get them through troubled times. Whether this is through an IT consulting company to show you exactly where you’re going wrong from the technical side of things or using contractors to spruce up your marketing or website. Many startups and small businesses use outsourcing to their advantage, and you should too. If there are areas of your business you aren’t skilled at, it’s these you should outsource, remember that!

Using Those That Shout Loudest

Sometimes, we feel that those people who are natural leaders appear to be forthright, and are incredibly vocal. After a while, we learn that this is not the case at all. But it’s more the folly of youth, that if you shout loud, then you will be heard. It’s these types of people you can use to your advantage, especially if you find yourself to struggle to get people’s attention, or there are things that you feel you’re not putting across as well. By making the most of these people, and, in essence, using them as your mouthpiece, this will work to your advantage infinitely.

Who Are Your Idols?

We can feel that, from time to time, what we are saying isn’t coming across the way we want it to, or we are struggling with ourselves in an internal sense. These crises of confidence are nothing new, and even those that have been in the industry for years still falter from time to time. When you feel like this, it’s important for you to find help from the unlikeliest of sources. When we are stuck for a way out, or we hit a wall, we should look to those who have blazed the trail before us, and apply some of their attitudes to what we are doing. After all, the people you idolize have shaped certain aspects of how you operate, either in a personal sense or in business. And not only does looking to these people provide answers, but it’s also going to provide inspiration and a moral lift during these tough emotional times.

And don’t forget, you can make the most of your own personality traits, just as long as you are acutely aware of who you are. It doesn’t have to be your responsibility to shout out loud to get everybody to hear you, and there are numerous examples of great leaders that aren’t gung-ho in their personality. At the end of the day, the best leaders see the bigger picture, and they trust their instincts. But, in addition to this, they use their resources well.

 

 

A Career Introvert’s Guide To Avoiding Customer Confrontations

Introverts are as afraid of confrontation as most people are of spiders. The mere thought of falling under someone’s wrath is probably enough to keep you awake at night. And, as an introverted business owner, you sweat at the mere thought of customer confrontation.

 

In this way, you’re more like other managers than you realize. For different reasons, all business owners attempt to avoid unhappy customers. For you, though, this is a matter of real worry. Even just the idea of someone shouting at you leaves you hot under the collar. In fact, it’s not unusual for fears here to get so out of hand that you give up your business dreams altogether.

But, we don’t want that to happen. Which is why we’re here to teach you how to avoid confrontation wherever possible. Admittedly, you will always get some people looking to pick holes in what you do. But, by making sure you do the following, you can at least rest easy that their fault isn’t with you.

Be professional


This point may seem simple, but it’s more useful than you might think. In life, we all fall into roles. At work, we’re professional. As customers, we respond in kind. As such, reverting to professional language and attitude could see real benefits. The moment you drop that role, your customers may feel free to let their anger loose. Instead, work on keeping your tone level and your smile shining. You may find this diffuses many a potential confrontation.

 

 

Work with customer interests in mind

Too often, business owners focus on profits above customer needs. But, that won’t serve in any way, especially when it comes to avoiding confrontations. If you charge well over the odds on your products, for instance, unhappy customers will soon come knocking on your (business) door. Equally, you should keep customers in mind when it comes to things like protecting private information. Given that getting this wrong can lead to legal confrontations, it’s especially essential you focus here. Retailers should avoid storing any information regarding customer cards and the like. Equally, healthcare providers should turn to companies like Healthcare Security to make sure client info is kept in compliance with HIPAA. No matter your field, you can bet you’ll have an unhappy visit if you slip up with customer confidentiality in any way.You may even feel the hard stare of a courtroom judge if you aren’t careful. Could anything be worse?

Remember that the customer is always right

Despite what many of us believe, customers are a pretty reasonable bunch. While there are always exceptions, most complainants merely want a satisfactory conclusion. As such, operating with the belief that customers are always right could steer you clear of confrontation. The moment you question a complaint, the customer is liable to get defensive. Instead, then, hold your hands up. Accept if someone isn’t happy. Focus instead on reaching a satisfactory conclusion for you both. Just like that, you turn a potential complaint into another satisfied customer.

Health Care Jobs You Don’t Need To Go To Medical School For

 

A lot of people decide to go to medical school in order to pursue a career in this industry. However, some people do not want to go down this route. Yes, it could give you a financially rewarding career but perhaps you do not want to spend all of that time at university? Or, maybe you don’t have the finances to do this? It does not matter what applies, you will be pleased to know that there are some medical jobs out there for those who do not want to go to medical school. So, let’s take a look…

 

Audiologist – If you have never heard of this career before, it involves utilizing different devices and computers to test the hearing balance and ability of a patient. An audiologist will treat patients with a number of different hearing issues or balance disorders, for example, tinnitus or vertigo. While you do not need to go to medical school for this, you do need to get a clinical doctorate, and so it does require some effort!  

 

Physical therapist – You also do not need to have a medical degree in order to become a physical therapist. This is also a profession that is in high demand too, with a predicted growth rate of 34 per cent over the next ten years.

 

Healthcare tech jobs – There are lots of different jobs surrounding healthcare technology that are available today, and this may be a field you are interested in, especially if you have a degree in technology or anything related to this. Innovations in the medical field are being sought all of the time, and you could be the one to make a big difference. Not only can you design equipment but you can test it too. You could also be in charge of the hospital supply of ultrasound machine equipment and such like, or you could handle the selling process. The options are endless.  

 

Genetic counselor – Last but not least, another job you can go for in the healthcare field without attending medical school is being a genetic counselor. These are healthcare professionals that spend their days evaluating patients and speaking with them and their family members. You can counsel regarding physical illnesses, as well as mental illnesses, and there are different fields you can brand into, but it all comes down to providing support. There are also different businesses and settings you can work for if you go down this route too.

 

As you can see, there are a number of different jobs that do not require you to go to medical school yet do enable you to enter the medical industry. If any of the jobs mentioned above sound appealing to you, make sure you do some research regarding what requirements are needed in order to enter this industry. After all, it is unlikely you are going to be able to enter with no training, experience, or qualifications at all, so do find out what is going to increase your chances of being accepted.

Business Cohesion For Introverted Entrepreneurs

At the beginning of a business’ life, the operations of the company tend to be simple. Often, businesses start with just a single staff member – the entrepreneur behind the company, who works every hour possible to turn their business idea into a reality.

 

As the business grows, operations become more complex. Eventually, a business can reach a point where it spans multiple employees who are working in multiple departments.

 

 

This growth is, of course, a huge positive: it suggests that the business is viable, the idea behind it sustainable, and the future bright for the company. However, for the entrepreneur who had the initial idea – and once singularly controlled every aspect of the business process – this expansion can be challenging. The business that was once just-for-them is now worked on and engaged with by dozens of different people, and their role is now one of managing the different departments rather than working on the business’ core product or service in and of itself. Essentially, the entrepreneur becomes the center of a complex network; the keystone of the company, the person to whom all departments report, and the ultimate decision-maker that governs the direction of the business.

 

If you find yourself in the above situation, adjusting to this change – and your new role within the organization – can take time. Managing a company full of thriving departments and multiple employees is very different to the life at the start of your business, when you controlled everything related to the business production yourself. This change means that you will likely find yourself facing challenges that you simply couldn’t have imagined at the start of your business life – and arguably the biggest of these is establishing and maintaining business cohesion.

 

What is business cohesion?

 

Business cohesion is a simple term that can be used to describe how the different areas of your business interact with one another. It includes considerations such as:

 

  • How projects that are worked on by multiple departments are managed
  • How well departments are able to communicate with one another
  • The ability of staff to discuss important matters, share ideas, and brainstorm when separated from one another either by the layout of your premises or remote working
  • How well each area of your business is able to work to meet the common goals of your overall enterprise

 

Managing the above areas can be extremely demanding of your time – and all the more so if you are an introvert. As you may have noticed, many of the areas of business cohesion require communication and interaction between departments; if you are having to coordinate this, then it naturally follows that you will have to excel at communicating and interacting with others. For introverts, meeting these needs is likely to deplete your energy reserves – and potentially even cause a large amount of stress in the process – so, unfortunately, you may find business cohesion particularly troublesome.

 

So what can you do?

 

The issue of cohesion is one that introverted entrepreneurs have to address head-on. Cohesion is simply too important to the productivity and efficiency of your business to be overlooked and, unfortunately, it is unlikely to happen naturally. In most businesses, departments tend to be isolated within their own remit, and you may even experience competitiveness or discontentment between the departments without a focus on cohesion – your SEO staff may complain of the work produced by your web design staff. Departments have a tendency to cluster together into groups rather than seeing themselves as part of the bigger picture – which is, of course, damaging to your business.

 

So, given that cohesion cannot be overlooked, how can you achieve it without causing yourself unnecessary stress in the process?

 

Opt for software solutions wherever possible

 

It’s all-too-easy for an entrepreneur to become a conduit between departments. As you frequently interact with both departments, you may find yourself being asked by a department to inform another department of a certain fact.

 

This is simply unsustainable; your role is to manage the departments, not act as a go-between. This issue is best prevented with a company-wide ERP system installed by the likes of ATB-Tech.com, as this can ensure departments have a simple method of internally communicating, monitoring developments, and ascertaining the status of a project for themselves.

 

Only intervene to solve problems

 

 

Often, business departments will default to an isolationist stance, and will feel unwilling to discuss projects with one another. Instead, they will turn to you, as both sides feel you are far more familiar to them, making it easier to talk to you than approaching a member of another department.

 

While you will need to lead the way on some matters, departments shouldn’t need you to intervene and issue instructions for basic operational processes – and if you are forced to do so, you may inevitably find yourself micromanaging which, as CareerAddict.com detail, can have extremely negative consequences.

 

To prevent issues such as those mentioned above, discourage the practice of departments turning to you as a first port of call by only agreeing to intervene if there is an outright problem that cannot be solved. If the departments are just trying to conduct a simple project, then your involvement should not be required, so refuse to engage unless both departments have reached a stalemate that requires a deciding vote.

 

Encourage departments to meet without your presence

 

 

Many companies hold regular Head of Department meetings, which is undeniably a useful tactic in encouraging departments to communicate with one another. However, you can make sure these meetings are all the more effective if you don’t attend.

 

If you go to a Heads of Department meeting, then everyone will naturally defer to you, and you will likely find yourself speaking more than anyone else in the room. Essentially, you’ll become the conduit again. To avoid this, insist on regular Heads of Department meetings but do not attend; ask an administrative assistant to take notes instead, which you can then review at a separate point in time.

 

In conclusion

When your business has grown to a point where you have multiple departments working to achieve the business’s goals, good cohesion is vital. With the ideas above, you should be able to encourage cohesion in a way that is suitable for the business, and avoids placing undue stress on yourself.

The Introverts’ Guide To Making More Sales

Conjure up an image of a typical salesperson and what comes to mind? It’s fast-talking, sharp suit wearing folks that are extroverted to the max.  However, no law says more introverted people can’t be good at sales. In fact, by following the advice below even those that towards the more, the more introverted end of the personality scale can smash their sales targets.

Do your research

Do you know what introverts excel at? Research that’s what. They love nothing better than to be given a brief to look into and find about a topic as possible. They like it even better if there is a question or problem that they can solve with these skills. Happily, research is an essential part of the selling process, and this can give introverts a real advantage.

In particular, introverts can succeed by focusing on listening to the customer’s needs both spoken and unspoken, to establish what they would want in an ideal situation. Then they can provide a solution (sales pitch) that is as close to that as possible.

Of course, it can help if you research thoroughly enough into your customer’s needs to know about any objection they may make, such as price, or delivery date too. Then you can predetermine how to deal with such queries, demonstrate to your customers that they will only have a minimal effect, and show that your offer is still one that is attractive.

Utilize smart strategies

Next, there are plenty of smart marketing strategies and systems that can be used to support those that are more introverted to make more sales. In particular, lead generation is vital because this ensures that the sales pool has a bank of warm leads to convert.

One way of generating leads is to use in-store or online promotions such as gift cards and special offers. The former being something that encourages current customers to add value to their purchase, and can also help to get new customers into your store as well. Something that can make it much easier for introverts on your sales team to work with them to achieve a conversion.

Connect with your customer

There is a difference between being introverted and being shy. Shy people find it hard to talk to others and be in social situations, whereas introverts are drained by doing these things, but can still be effective at them.

 

Introverts are fantastic at one on one connections.

 

Of course, it depends on the type of social situation as well, for example, an introvert may find talking to and making a connection with another person one on one basis, easy and invigorating.

 

Something that is excellent news for those introverts working in sales, because a considerable part of being successful in this area is the customer relationships that you create and manage. Most of which will be with a single representative at any one time.

 

In fact, there is a huge case in favor of being more genuine in customer interactions and building up a trust and mutual respect instead if behaving like a typical pushy salesperson. Something that introverts can exploit on a daily basis to make them much more successful at closing those deals.

 

Is a Career in Healthcare Right for You?

There are many reasons to want to pursue a career in healthcare. For a start, it means being able to do a job that has a positive impact on the world and makes people’s lives better. The entire purpose of your job will be to help people on a day to day basis when they need that help most of all. It’s this aspect of the job that appeals to many people, but can you really say this career path is right for you?

 

It’s definitely worth thinking about this a lot because not everyone is the right fit for a career in healthcare, and that’s just how it is. If you’re not going to be cut out for it, it’s best that you think about and acknowledge that now rather than later. Either way, it’s time to consider if this is the right career for you. You can find the answer now by reading on, so keep scrolling.

 

Be Willing to go Back into Education

 

First of all, you’ll have to be willing to go back into education  because it takes a lot of studying, working and qualifying to eventually become a healthcare professional. It can take many years, depending on what area of healthcare you want to work in. So this is something that you will have to come to terms with, and for many people considering this career, it’s the first hurdle that has to be cleared. It this something you’re really willing to do?

 

Do You Have the Right Manner?

 

Having the right bedside manner is obviously going to be important when you’re working in healthcare because you’ll be working with people who are your patients. If you can’t communicate with them clearly and effectively, you will have problems. It’s important to be able to simplify what you’re saying to patients without dumbing things down so much that they get the wrong idea. It’s a tough balancing act that’s for sure, and not everyone’s got what it takes.

 

You’ll Need to be Good at Working with Others

 

Working in the world of healthcare pretty much always means working closely with other people. There’s no way to work in this field without also working with other healthcare professionals. You need to know how to work with others closely without other problems arising if you’re going to succeed as a healthcare professional going forward. It’s not always easy, and sometimes egos can clash, but it’s part of the job and there’s no getting away from that important fact.

 

 

Know the Different Careers Out There

 

Before you can go any further, you really need to start thinking about exactly what kind of healthcare professional you want to be. There are so many different potential careers that you can follow out there, and you shouldn’t limit your options too much. You can read more here about healthcare careers. And you should keep reading, learning and talking to others until you’re sure of exactly what kind of healthcare career is going to be the one that fits you better than all the rest.

 

Be Ready for the Mental Strain

 

It’s often difficult working with people who are unwell, and the strain that comes with working so hard to help those people out can be tricky too. But that’s just part and parcel of the job. If you’re not expecting this level of mental strain, it can be tricky for you. However, most people can deal with it if they take the right outlook and are sure to talk about their problems openly when the need arises for them to do so.

 

The Long Hours Can be Testing Too

 

Long hours are pretty much the norm when it comes to working as a healthcare professional. That’s obviously not a great thing for everyone, but it’s what the job often demands because the needs of patients tend to come before the time at which you want to clock off. Over time, the long hours can put a strain on you and your personal life in general. It’ll certainly be testing, so are you sure that you can deal with all of that?

 

 

The Pace is Fast

 

Working in hospitals and healthcare facilities in general means doing work that is pretty fast-paced. You need to be able to keep up with everyone so that you don’t get left behind. It’s not for everyone and it can certainly be tiring. If you don’t like working fast and not getting many brakes from the fast action, a career in healthcare might not be the most ideal one for you. It’s something that you certainly need to think about.

 

Attention to Detail is Key

 

In healthcare, paying attention to the details obviously matters a great deal. You can’t expect to do your best by the patients if you are not paying attention to the small things as well as the big things. It’s often the case that good healthcare comes down to the details, so you don’t want to overlook this important aspect of the career path. If you’re someone who generally doesn’t have much time for attention to detail, that’s going to have to change.

 

You’ll be Highly Accountable

 

When something goes wrong and you’re the one who was supposed to get the job done, you’re going to be left highly accountable for those wrongs. We’re talking about the difference between life and death in the world of healthcare, so it simply has to be the case that people who work in those circumstances are accountable for their actions. If they weren’t, it wouldn’t be very far on patients who rightly expect the best possible care.

 

Jobs in healthcare are not always easy to get, and there are is much competition out there. But if you’re really dedicated to this and you’re convinced you’ve got what it takes to succeed, you shouldn’t let that hold you back at all. It could be the career that was made for you, so get out there and make it happen.

How To Be A Better Leader

When it comes to your career, it’s only normal that you may want to climb the ladder as high as you can. A lot of the time, you’ll find that you have a rough idea in your mind about what you want to achieve and by when. When you’re ambitious, this is almost always going to involve having a leadership role. But if you want to go beyond that are really go far, you’re going to want to make sure that you can be the best leader you can be.

 

Know What You Want To Achieve

 

To do that, you’ll want to keep your ultimate goals in mind. Because whether you want to start your own company, sell it, or lead the business you work for in a set direction, it can dictate how you lead those below you. So first of all, know your goals, and it can help you to choose your leadership style.

 

Know Yourself

 

From there, it’s also a great idea to make sure that you know yourself well. What kind of person are you? What kind of communicator are you? What sort of approach will suit your personality best? But now only that, you should also look to know your flaws so that you can improve your management style going forward.

 

Create A Pathway For Yourself

 

Lastly, you’re then going to want to create a pathway for yourself, just as the infographic below shows;

 


Infographic Design By Six Sigma Houston Leadership Pathway

The Three Cornerstones Of Success For Introvert Managers

In the modern business arena, the workplace can often seem geared towards the extrovert, and this can leave those of us that recharge our batteries by spending time alone or in a one to one situation at a disadvantage. Luckily, by establishing a firm foundation on which to work and boosting our confidence in specific areas, even the most introverted of us can be successful managers. Read on to find out more.

 

Play to your strengths

 

 

Introverts, as a rule, tend to be good as particular tasks including listening, observing, dealing with people on a one to one basis, and predicting possible problems before they happen. Of course, these are fantastic and useful skills for managers to have and can make all the difference in the commercial world. It just means that introverts need to find managerial posts that consist mainly of these type of duties rather than others that they may find more challenging or draining.  

 

To that end, be sure to ask detailed questions in person, or via email when applying for posts and at interview. Also, don’t forget that as a manager you will have some say of over the way thing are done, so once you have secured a position it is often possible to make changes that will both work for your team, and you personally such as giving feedback on a one to one basis rather than as a group.

 

Boost your confidence

 

Next, when it comes to being in charge, an introvert’s belief in themselves may spring less from their natural charisma and more from a sense of personal confidence. Luckily, this something that can be fostered in several ways.

 

First of all, be sure to pursue advanced learning in the areas in which you want to succeed, such as a masters in hotel management for those wishing to succeed in the hospitality trade. After all, having in-depth knowledge and experience in your field will boost your confidence to a level where it makes directing and delegating to other in your team a lot easier.

 

 

Also, it can be hugely helpful to take time each day to organize your thoughts and prepare what you need to say to people, especially if you are speaking to a group. The reason being that introverts are often most eloquent in writing rather than speaking off of the top of their heads. Therefore having something written down beforehand can help you to stay focused and effectively deal with the critical issues without getting distracted.

 

 

Use modern communication platforms

 

Lastly, it’s vital to remember that modern methods of communication can be leveraged by the introvert to convey messages to a broad audience in a less stressful way.

 

I’m not just talking about texts and social media here, in fact, there are new staff management systems that can be used to rota, fill, and instruct employees all in an automated way. Thus removing the introvert manager from HR types situations that would typically be both challenging and draining, and so freeing them up to focus on the other aspects of running a business to which they are better suited.

 

How To Be An Introverted Boss

 

When you think about a good boss, a lot of people will consider confidence as one of the key traits in their arsenal. To be able to navigate the tricky world of business, you need to be able to talk to people, and the idea of someone introverted doing this sort of job can often seem unrealistic. In reality, though, this doesn’t have to be the case. With the help of this post, you should be able to use a range of different techniques to boost your managerial skills, even when you prefer to spend most of your time alone.

 

Solving Problems Before They Come: When an employee has an issue, they will often march straight to their bosses office and let them know exactly what is on their mind. Of course, though, as an introvert, dealing with harsh conflict isn’t something you’re going to enjoy, and this is something worth avoiding. If your floors are slippery and causing risks, for example, using a flooring services company to come and fix the issue before anyone complains will always be the best route to take. It usually takes a little bit of time for people to become frustrated enough to complain. To help you further with this, you could consider having your business inspected, using a professional to make sure that nothing is unsafe or unfair for your workers.

 

Offer One-to-Ones: Unfortunately, though, however hard you try, you will never before able to avoid talking to your team altogether, and there could easily be problems which slip through the net. To handle this in the most comfortable way, a lot of bosses will use one-to-one meetings to avoid being buried under people’s complaints. When you have something like this scheduled for each month, people will wait with their problems, instead of raising them when you have the whole team to contend with. It is always much easier to talk to one person at a time, as this will give you enough time to think, while also removing the tension which comes with a group debate.

 

Find Someone to Help: Delegation is a huge part of being an employer. Throughout your time in business, you will have had to give loads of people jobs to do. This can go beyond the products you make or sell, though, and will extend towards the way your team is looked after. HR is a field best left for the extroverts, and finding someone to take on this sort of role should be a simple task. There are loads of recruitment websites out there, making it easy to find someone fit to handle the interpersonal side of your company, while leaving you to enjoy the peace and quiet which comes with paying someone to do a job for you.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you the chance to improve your experiences as an introverted manager. You should never have to let this part of your personality impact your chances of running a business, especially when you’ve already worked very hard to get things off the ground.

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