Strong Work Ethics in a Successful Business

17 05 2010

Strong Work Ethics


Last week we began talking about what makes a business successful.  This week we are going to examine in a little more depth some of the concepts introduced last week.  One of the theories of why Amish businesses were successful were due to strong work ethics.   

If you read the story about the Ant and the Grasshopper, the grasshopper played all summer, while the ant worked at collecting food in anticipation of the winter.  After working hard all summer (strong work ethics) the ant was able survive the winter months, while the grasshopper – who had chosen not to work all summer – starved in the cold because he did not prepare for the lean times.   

Being in business for yourself can be rewarding, but if you do not have a strong work ethic, you can get into trouble very quickly.  I don’t mean trouble with anybody in particular, but if you tend to not be as productive if you don’t have someone looking over your shoulder, then possibly being in business for yourself may not be the right plan.  You may ask, exactly what is a strong work ethic.  A Work Ethic is a set of values based on hard work and diligence.  A good work ethic includes being reliable, taking initiative and developing strong social skills.   

Strong work ethics are what will keep you going when times get tough.  Starting up a new business is very difficult, and very time-consuming, no matter what others may tell you.  I have had people propose a new business opportunity that they claim will just build and sell itself.  After some careful research though, their claims of a business just growing by itself were completely unfounded.  

Keep in mind, anything you do when going into business for yourself will take a lot of your time and effort.  This is not said to scare anyone off, it is far better to be prepared for the work instead of expecting an easy deal.  There may be an opportunity out there that does just take off with minimal effort, but honestly, those are few and far between.  Basically, when starting up a business for yourself and your family, even if it is an established type of opportunity, it will take a strong work ethic on your part to make the business successful and to grow.   

Part of developing your business is by working on business relationships.  You need people in order to keep your business afloat.  By learning to listen to what your potential customers want and need and then providing them more than what they asked for, will help you to develop relationships with those customers.  Once you have built a relationship with a customer, there is a high likelihood that they will go out and tell their friends of the good you have done for them.  Then those friends may come in and ask for either your products or services based on the recommendation of your original customer.  Building good relationships with your customers will also allow them to feel not only comfortable about coming in and obtaining your products and services, but will also allow them to feel comfortable asking you for advice on other issues that may be related to what you have to offer.   

Building relationships takes time and a lot of work.  You need to be well attuned to what your customers are asking for and strive to provide a little more than what they expect.  By going the extra mile to meet their needs, your customers will be thankful that you listened to them and gave them what they wanted instead of trying to sell them what they don’t need.   

 Other aspects of strong work ethics include continuing to work on growing the business, even when you receive a lot of  “no, Thanks” from people.  Getting “No’s” from people mean that you are that much closer to getting a “Yes” from someone else.  Keep in mind that you don’t purchase everything that you may see and desire, so don’t expect potential customers to come in and purchase immediately from you.   

Next week we will continue a little more with work ethics and then explore how faith, family and high moral values fit into a successful business plan.  

If you are interested in a second income stream, and may want to start a business, please feel free to review our website for information and ideas.  We offer several business opportunities, ranging from Waterless Technology to Nutritional Products.  We would love to assist you in beginning on the road to financial freedom.   If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at   

Until next week…



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17 05 2010
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