ENTREPRENEURSHIP 101: HOW TO BE AN EFFECTIVE LEADER July 12, 2022 | Business Tips , Franchise | inspection industry , small business , business growth , motivation , entrepreneur As a National Property Inspections franchise owner, you’re so much more than just an inspector. You’re an office manager, a marketing coordinator, an accountant, a boss, a mentor, and a teacher—just to name a few. In our Entrepreneurship 101 series, we’ll cover leadership traits and tips specific to running a successful inspection empire. As part of a national network, your resources as an NPI inspector are plentiful, and we’re excited to share what we’ve learned about effective leadership in our industry. Lead By Example Although it may sound cliché, it’s important to align your business goals with your mindset. Even if you’re currently a one-man show and don’t have plans to hire in the near future, getting into a leadership mindset will help you elevate your thinking to that of a boss. After all, being a leader is not about being front and center. True leadership comes in the form of behind-the-scenes hard work and dedication. To be successful in your business, it’s vital to have goals set for where you want to see yourself in the next year, along with a plan of action for how you hope to achieve your goals. In the pursuit of your goals, it’s helpful to document clear landmarks of progress along the way. This can help you gain insight—are you trending in the right direction? Don’t hesitate to check in with yourself and the Marketing Team to see how you’re performing, especially after a newly implemented change in your business. Make Your Mission Clear All businesses whether big or small have some sort of mission statement. In its simplest terms, a mission statement is basically why you exist as a company. What do you offer that’s better? How do your customers benefit from the relationship? These are just a couple of things to think about when creating a mission statement. Not only will this be one of the first things customers see, but it is also the ruler by which they measure you. Exceed, and they’ll be pleased. Fall short, and they’ll wonder why you ever chose it. So as you start your business, come up with your own mission statement and strive live up to it. Those around you will take notice. Do the Work Where one really becomes the leader of the pack is by doing the work required to see the results desired. This doesn’t mean limiting yourself to only performing inspections. This suggests doing the full array of tasks required to get to your goal on a consistent basis. This work may include: • Attending networking events • Staying up-to-date on industry trends • Keeping up with your various social media platforms • Regularly checking in on your competition If you find yourself struggling to keep up with the continuous growth of your business or the tasks associated with doing so, it may be time to hire. You can’t always achieve big goals alone! And that brings us to Entrepreneurship 101 Part II: Hiring Right the First Time . Check in next week for our best tips on how to nail the interview—as the interviewer. Join the NPI Network of Leaders With business ownership comes a lot of newly acquired responsibility. This can seem overwhelming at first, but it doesn’t have to be. With NPI, you’ll have plentiful resources and fellow neighboring inspectors on your side rooting for you to perform well. Our professional support staff knows what it takes to build an inspection empire. Visit our website for more information.