Have you ever counted how many hours

Have you ever counted how many hours you actually work in a week?  Are they straight hours or are they all over the place?  They said one of the joy of being an entrepreneur is being able to work when you want to work.  Seems like what’s happening instead is you are able to work when you have to (i.e must be willing to do 24 hours shift, 365 days a year).

Maybe we should look at the whole things from different perspective.

More often than not entrepreneurs get into business not just because they love to be in business, but because they cannot help it.  So if you ask an entrepreneur how many hours he/she works in a week, most probably the answer will be somewhere in the vicinity of 70hrs (especially in the beginning of the venture).  Ask the same question to a busy executive and the answer will probably be similar.  The big difference is, an entrepreneur might tell you passionately about his/her business afterward, while a busy executive might tell you how underpaid and unappreciated he/she is.

So how many hours do we work in a week?  Before we go there let me tell you about this amazing business I’ve had in my mind.  You see, the market is now heading towards online and at the same time the world’s economy is getting globalized quickly.  Some type of businesses will thrive, so this idea in my mind is…sorry what was the question again?

Working hours?  Who cares…

Managing staffs can be challenging, yet it is crucial

Managing staffs can be challenging, yet it is crucial in scaling the business.  After all there’s only so much an owner can do on his/her own.  However, this crucial difficulty can be reduced significantly by simply recruiting the right people.

The question here then is off course, “How to recruit the right people?”.

Before going to that question, there is an important basis to all recruitment – the business model.  Does your business have many repetitive, mechanical tasks?  Or does it rely on the creativity of its staffs?  Obviously both models have its requirements – or you can say different people will fit into different models.

Now that you’ve got the business model, the next thing to consider is the existing people in the business especially the managers/leaders.  What kind of newbies will work with the existing staffs?  Do you need ‘yes men’ or ‘someone with attitude’?  What level of compromises are your people willing to take with the newbies?

These two questions will help you to alleviate your staffs’ management challenge in a great way.

In short, if you put an ant into a community of ants, guaranteed it will start working straight away.  However, try putting the same ant into a community of spiders.

Happy managing (or recruiting)!

Work/Life balance is one of the most researched

Work/Life balance is one of the most researched, discussed, and sought after goal by practically every working people in the world.  First question that popped up would be, “How to achieve the balance?”, obviously followed closely by the second one, “Have we achieved the balance?”.

First enforceable hours’ law emerged in US in 1874 where the boundary between work and life came into life.  Ever since then, the world became obsessed with this notion of separation, as if a person can change into his/her alter ego during ‘work’ hours (or during ‘life’ hours?).

I guess the real question is, “Do we really need the separation?”.

Maybe all of these work/life balance is just an excuse to hide behind a professional persona – “I am just doing my job” kind-a thing.  The only problem is off course, when the working person is in trouble the person who lives suffer as much, because guess what, they are both the same person.

Maybe we’re just looking for an avenue to escape – from our daily work, or maybe from our life?

Then can we really separate our business from our life?  Or is it just a desperate attempt to live a fuller life while in reality we really are living a half-lived life?

Work/Life balance, or just life.