Being a confident business owner is so much more than being confident about yourself; it’s about being confident in your business. The two do go together and when you are confident in one aspect of your life, you are more likely to be more confident in another.
The thing about being more confident as a business owner is that you will be able to close more deals, earn more income, and get tasks done much more effectively. This is because you will see yourself as confident, which in turn causes your clients and team members to see you in a more confident light. This then makes them want to step up their game as well.
When your clients and team see you as being a confident business owner, getting things done and running an effective business they will want to be a part of it. They will want to do all they can to help you succeed.
But exuding this type of confidence is not easy for everyone. For most people it takes effort, time and practice. In fact, lack of confidence is one of the biggest issues holding many people back. Confidence in themselves, their skills or their products.
Although there is not any cure all, quick fixes for gaining confidence, there are steps you can take to begin building your confidence. If you put forth the effort, you may even begin to see reactions from others toward you change as your confidence increases.
Create a Plan
First of all, you want to create a plan. You want a plan for building your confidence. Plus, you also need a plan for the way you run your business. Have a plan for the good and the bad.
You most likely have a business plan already. If not, sit down and prepare one. Include what you want your business to look like or act like in five years. Then, write how you are going to get there. Don’t leave anything out.
Once you have that written, list anything and everything that might go wrong or become an obstacle to in achieving your goals. For each obstacle, write a plan for overcoming the obstacle.
This may seem tedious, but it’s necessary. When you have a plan you know what is coming, and when something gets you off track you already know how to overcome it. Having this plan in place will help you keep your confidence in any situation because you can always refer back to the plan to know what to do. (Remember, being a business owner is not about knowing everything, it’s about staying on track.)
Do What You Like to Do
When running a business there are many areas that need to be kept up to date and tasks that need to be completed. Make sure you are doing only the tasks you enjoy doing.
If you are keeping your financial records and do not like bookkeeping you will be frustrated and angry, you will not be showing confidence. Instead, hire someone to do the bookkeeping for you.
On the other hand, if you enjoy the marketing aspects then do those. When you are completing the tasks that you enjoy, you automatically exude more confidence. You are most likely happy with your work so you can be proud of what you accomplish. You also know more about what you enjoy so you can easily complete the tasks without looking as though you don’t know what you are doing.
Exuding confidence is about being able to show others that you are prideful and happy with what you are doing. The best way to do that is to complete the tasks you enjoy and can do well.
Get Help from Your Team
All those tasks that you do not enjoy doing, or you can’t do well, should be delegated to your team. Doing this gives you a double boost of confidence.
1. You get to show that you know how to run a business and lead a team to success.
2. You are able to know that your business will run smoothly and things will get done properly because the tasks are being completed by those who know how to do them and enjoy doing them.
Your team is also there to support you. Do not be afraid to ask for help when you are struggling in a particular aspect of your business. Your team can also consist of other business owners who can support you.
Publicly Share Your Wins
This may seem unconventional, but when you share your business successes with others they see you as a confident business owner. They see what your business is accomplishing and how successful it is. Publicly sharing your wins also lets you spread the word about your business.