Written by Arkansas Real Estate
Today, all you have to do is drive down a major road in Northwest Arkansas to see the Steve Fineberg & Associates name, but when it was founded in 2005 there was little more to it than a few telephones and a handful of hardworking people. Ida: It started out very humbly. At the very beginning, before we even had desks, people would sit on the floor, making cold calls. It was a lot of hard work and sheer determination.
1. If you don't have relationships, you don't have a business.
As a professional, it's your job to create experiences people enjoy. In our work, these experiences happen to involve the biggest purchases and sales of people's lives. Whatever your specialty is, make the experience as easy as possible for your customer and work to create relationships that will carry forward into the future.
2. Focus on making the most out of every experience, especially the hard times.
When you have hard times, in whatever avenue of your life, the best thing you can do is accept the fact that everything in life is not rosy. Difficult times can arise from mistakes of your own doing, events outside your control or even from someone else's doing. Whatever the case, don't let the experience pass you by without learning from it.
3. You can't sit around and wait for new business to come to you, you have to go get it.
The basics of good business are the same today as they were ten years ago. There are a lot of new ways to get your name out there, social media for example, but the fundamental idea is the same. Expand your sphere of influence. Reach as many people as possible. It takes a lot of work to become the go-to contact in your field.
4. It's worth it.
Any business owner is going to undergo a certain amount of sacrifice at some point or another, whether it's financial or personal It takes a lot of time and energy to get a business up and running, but when you own your own business, you're the master of your own success, and eventually you can work as much or as little as you want. At the end of the day, you have something to show for it: your own little enterprise.