Speed is everything to an entrepreneur. Getting to the market first gives you a huge advantage over the competition. Quick responses to customer queries will lead them to believe that customer service is at the top of your priorities and can nurture consumer loyalty.

Do Something Else
Sometimes the best thing you can do for the start-up is to get out of the office and do something else. You’ve got a lot on your schedule as an entrepreneur. Every day there’s a fire to put out, or a new idea to work out and implement. After a while it can blur together.

The best way to regain your perspective is to do something else. Something you enjoy, like a video game, a good book, or a movie. Do something completely unrelated to your start-up — it could even be another project, such as writing a book. It’ll free your mind and give it time to rest. After doing that, you can go back to work with fresh eyes and a clear mind.

Do keep in mind that this doesn’t mean that you should multi-task or do multiple things at the same time. It just means you need to get out of the office to get perspective.

Work Whenever and Wherever You Want
One of the most appealing things about being an entrepreneur is the freedom. As an entrepreneur, you’re the boss. You get to make the decisions, and those decisions include when and where you work. There are times when someone else gets to decide, such as when it comes to meetings and when you can speak to employees, but for the most part, it’s up to you.

You can decide if you want to work and when that would be. You can catch a movie or take a break whenever you want. You can even tailor your schedule around your habits and your moods. Use this flexibility to maximize your productivity and help your start-up. Working is not just about working more, it’s about working better.

Be the Squeaky Wheel
The squeaky wheel gets the grease, so make some noise. You’re going to deal with other businessmen, people who’re looking out for their own interests. They’re not going to give you more if you don’t ask or demand it.

You may hesitate to ask for more because you feel it’ll be impolite. Consider that no one is going to look out for you except you. You are responsible for your own happiness and opportunities. There may be occasions when people will toss you a bone, but for the most part you’ll have to chase those bones down yourself. Don’t settle for what lands in your lap. Go for what you want. Ask more for you, for your team, and for your start-up, and you may get it.

Welcome Negative Comments
Negative statements and criticism is going to fly your way whether you want it to or not. So you may as well make good use of it. Each negative comment on you and your start-up is a diagnosis. Something troubled them enough to send a message when they could have easily done nothing. They’re giving you information you can use to improve your start-up for free. Make full use of it. Ask them how they got to their conclusions and figure out what you can do to make things better.

Bend and Break the Rules
Entrepreneurs are quick to tread new ground, but they often follow rules as they do it. The problem here is rules are restriction. There is a time to follow those rules, and a time to bend or even break them. Bending or breaking the rules gives you a massive advantage over everyone who slavishly adheres to them. Coloring outside the lines will give you opportunities, opportunities to take your start-up to the next level.

You may have trouble knowing when to ignore the rules. It’s about figuring out when they apply and why the rules are there. Figure out the spirit of the rules and you’ll figure out when they don’t matter.

The life of an entrepreneur is not easy. You must provide a good product, find an audience willing to pay for it, and figure out how to bring the two together. How you do that may not always be obvious. Sometimes working less actually results in better output. The rules may not always apply. There may even be times when you must embrace negativity to diagnose any issues in your start-up. Don’t go for the obvious path. Sometimes, you have to go down strange roads to make a successful start-up.


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