What makes a business successful? There have been numerous books and articles written about this subject. There are key attributes to success that many of these publications bring up, as franchising expert Jeff Bevis writes, such as: “perseverance, believing in your business, and the willingness to work hard and give thought and action to new approaches.”
In an article, “5 Habits for Business Success” on the website forbes.com, Bevis identifies the top five habits that build toward successful careers in business:
5 Habits of Successful People
- Build robust communication skills. The most successful people know how to communicate with those around them, and leverage their relationships with coworkers and colleagues. Do more LISTENING than speaking!
- Develop organizational know-how. Staying organized is key to getting any work done and especially helpful for staying at the top of your field.
- Always be innovative. Successful businesspeople are always looking for ways to improve their company.
- Have a solid team focus. Not only do they know how to communicate, but they understand the best ways to work and collaborate with others to create a culture of success.
- Work smarter and harder. This doesn’t mean they outwork everyone, but they work smart, allowing their hard work to drive a higher return on investment, allowing their business to succeed.
Success is Learned
Most successful people were in your place at one point, wondering how they could make it in their field. But habits and behaviors are developed. You can start by identifying and learning from a mentor, someone who has reached the goals you want to achieve.
Continually work to strengthen the skills and habits that lead to success, like organization and communication. Finally, always look for ways to bolster your team and develop your leadership skills, and work to help your team achieve a common goal. If you trust and adhere to these strategies, you can achieve the success you desire in your business.
(Bevis is the co-founder and CEO of FirstLight Home Care. He has more than 30 years of experience in franchising and a successful track record of accelerating growth in a variety of franchise concepts. He has been designated a Certified Franchise Executive (CFE), meeting rigorous requirements from the franchising industry.