9 key lessons entrepreneurs can learn from a newspaper boy
June 11, 2021
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The ability to persevere in the face of adversity is what separates an ordinary man from a great man. The journey to entrepreneurship is filled with difficult beginnings and uncertain futures. Entrepreneurship takes a lot of hard work, time and risk. But entrepreneurs can learn a lot from unexpected sources – even of a child who delivers the morning newspaper.
Here are nine key lessons an entrepreneur can learn from a newspaper delivery person.
1. Never be afraid of obstacles
A newspaper delivery man faces a variety of obstacles: inclement weather or even just fatigue. However, that does not prevent the reporter from standing up and overcoming these challenges. As an entrepreneur, you have to be brave enough to take the first step. You will never reach the other side if you don’t muster the courage and effort to try.
Entrepreneurs need to stop complaining about the obstacles that stand in their way. Like that newspaper boy, wake up, go out and show yourself!
2. Always show up on time
The main responsibility of a journalist is to deliver on time. The newspaper is delivered regularly and in good condition. Not showing up on time leads to a lack of customer confidence, which can lead to lost revenue. Time is money, a precious resource, and every entrepreneur must recognize this in order to be successful.
Entrepreneurs should never be late for their meetings, as it could hurt business. At all times, the focus should be on growth and success. To achieve this, entrepreneurs must develop the habit of being disciplined and punctual. Time management is essential to your success as an entrepreneur because it shows your client and fellow entrepreneurs that you are responsible and reliable.
3. Be prepared to sacrifice the little pleasures
Sometimes a reporter may be deprived of the fun of going out with friends or missing a morning meeting because of the delivery, so it’s important to know that you may not be able to do everything you’d like to do.
Entrepreneurs must learn the importance of sacrificing short-term pleasures for the greater good. Business is a give and take process, and entrepreneurs need to recognize this. The more an entrepreneur invests in a business and is willing to part with short-term pleasures, the higher the rewards. To be successful, sacrifices must be made and the little joys found in the moment must be given up.
Related: 6 Sacrifices Every Entrepreneur Faces
4. Always be honest
Honesty is the best policy. It defines your integrity and your worth. Like a journalist, an entrepreneur should keep in mind that there is a high rate of failure and disappointment associated with starting a business, and sometimes things don’t go as planned or planned. So, entrepreneurs should practice honesty with their clients because not everything is under their control and a genuine relationship can go a long way.
Entrepreneurs need to be honest with themselves about everything that is going on in their business. It is essential to judge every aspect of the business, from finance to product development to customer relationships. Sometimes things get out of hand, but taking an honest look at the situation can help get you back on track.
5. Know your priorities
The main job of a newspaper deliverer is the delivery of daily newspapers to customers. A journalist’s top priorities can range from ensuring positive customer experiences to creating a product that customers want.
As an entrepreneur, one of your top priorities should be finding potential customers who give you important feedback beyond the product, as you need to understand the ecosystem in which you are selling. Entrepreneurs need to stay incredibly focused and stick to their top priorities, which in turn sets them up for success.
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6. Network and maintain good relationships with other entrepreneurs
Make friends, not enemies; sometimes it can even serve as a backup. Sometimes a newspaper delivery person may not arrive on time, and good relationships with other delivery people come in handy in such situations. For example, a newspaper delivery person may have taken too many delivery orders and decide to give directions to another delivery person to avoid disappointing customers. This is only possible if a good relationship has been maintained.
Networking is also essential to your survival as an entrepreneur, as it opens doors of opportunity.
7. Customer relationships are essential
A newspaper boy maintains a good relationship with customers to keep them and also for reference purposes. Customers pay to have a newspaper delivered where and when they want it. Never underestimate the value and reach of a loyal, loyal customer. Keep customers coming back for more. Several new customers could come from a happy and satisfied customer.
Entrepreneurs must prioritize customer relationship management, as this is the key to staying afloat in a competitive market. Don’t ignore customer feedback. Don’t minimize customer requests, because these nuggets are precisely the areas in which you can learn to refine your service.
As an entrepreneur, always strive to make your customers happy to build a long-term relationship. As the saying goes, a satisfied customer is a loyal customer.
Related: How to Really Hear and Use Customer Feedback
8. Always be on the lookout for new customers.
A newspaper boy is relentless in his vigilance, enthusiastically keeping an eye out to see if there is a possible newspaper reader there.
An entrepreneur should always be looking for new customers and ideas. They should constantly reinvent themselves, think about better ways to run a business, and refine techniques that can be used to attract more customers.
9. Don’t hesitate to explore new opportunities
You might have seen a newspaper boy become a journalist. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, but you don’t necessarily have to do the same thing your entire life unless you love it and are comfortable with what you’re doing. You can always explore, learn, and improve, just like a newspaper deliverer can become a press agent, add more deliverers, and the list goes on. Always be open to learning.
Oh, and by the way, that newspaper boy was me. I even ended up working as a correspondent for the same newspapers I delivered. Life is full of surprises and unexpected endings. Don’t be afraid of where you are starting from. You can challenge all odds and reach the top from a humble background.