Once you have an idea for your business, what next? Creating a solid business plan is the very foundation of your business. It will help you map every part and ensure you've done the research and planning necessary for every phase. But are traditional business plan formats still relevant to today's entrepreneur?
Having the guidance and support of a mentor can really boost your career prospects, regardless of your level of experience. You can gain valuable insight into a particular company or field, that would otherwise take you months or years to learn on your own. There are mentorship programs across the country that students and recent graduates can get involved in, and even programs specifically for people with disabilities. But anyone can build a mentoring relationship with peers, whose careers or experience you admire. Here are some factors to keep in mind, when you're searching for a mentor that's right for you.
Can you sum up your business value in 15 seconds? In just about every industry self-presentation is vital, particularly if others' instant assumptions about you are bias and false. Preparing and practicing your 'sales pitch' can be the difference between getting hired or not. Learn how to identify your core values, skills and goals to ensure you always start off every networking opportunity from a strong position.
Being prepared for that transition is vital, if we are to be seriously considered for promotions (even though we may be considered to be “different” due to our disabilities). Taking personal responsibility for being ready to take the next step in our advancement can give us a jump on other candidates for an open position.
One of the marks of leadership is how flexible you are in working with people to effectively get a job done as an employee, coworker or supervisor. For me, that flexibility means knowing when to step up, when to step aside and when to step down on the job for the benefit of the corporate endeavor.