Dogs have plenty to teach us about business – From doing what you are passionate about to working with a strong pack, to seizing opportunities as they come. Here are five tips you should take from your canine.
Loyalty – Just like dogs are loyal to their owners, be loyal to your customers. Loyalty will create long-term clients that will return time and time again. Developing strong relationships that go beyond work and normal duties will ensure their return. Establish a vision of what is to be accomplished and it will pay off in the long run.
Do what you love – We love dogs because they love us. They radiate so much positivity which is a key to being successful. Surround yourself and partner with positive and optimistic people. Being passionate about what you do makes it much more rewarding, and will put you on the track towards more success.
Run with a strong pack – Dogs are pack animals, they learn from each other. Create a network of people you trust, peers that are right there in the trenches with you. Connect with those who share the same entrepreneurial drive. Cultivate a mentor that has experience and can give you seasoned advice. Establish and track goals with your support group, and learn from each other’s experiences.
Sniff out hidden opportunities – Whether they are chasing squirrels or begging for treats, dogs are opportunists. Running a business is tough but sometimes life throws you an unexpected bone, take advantage and seize opportunities when they arise. Always keep a lookout for new opportunities.
Live in the moment – Dogs are experts at taking things as they come. It pays to be flexible and responsive. The amount of time you take to respond to a question or complaint is the difference between keeping and losing a client. Be ready when an opportunity knocks. An unexpected boost from the media is an opportunity to connect with your audience and react in a proactive manner.
When business is going well you could say “it’s a dog’s life.”