Starting up a new business is a lot of hard work, and will require a lot of patience, effort and time. Although it can be hard at first, starting your own business is most definitely worthwhile. To help you run your business as successfully as possible, it is a good idea to have as much experience under your belt as you can. In any industry experience is the key to success, and startup businesses are no exception.
Although a Saturday job may not seem like it can offer you the best business building experience possible. The skills and knowledge that you gain will give you a vital insight into the business industry.
A key component to running a respected and successful business, is being able to offer your customers the highest standards of customer service. Having a part-time job will give you the chance to see how successful businesses treat their customers. To gain as much customer service experience as possible, watch how your managers and other members of staff treat customers. Take note of the little things they do to add a special touch to a customer’s experience, such as a goodwill gesture if a mistake has been made.
Although a part-time job will teach that an important part of providing excellent customer service is ensuring that the customer is always happy, you will also learn how to deal with customers on occasions when a mistake has been made. Although it is always best to give a good experience the first time around, if a customer is unhappy it is vital that you learn how to fix it.
Most part-time jobs require you to work as part of a team. In supermarkets and other businesses, employees work together to ensure that they offer the best service possible. Each employee has a different role to play, for the shop or business to run well each person must do their job properly. Working in a team environment will allow you to learn how a successful team of employees can work together to ensure that the company runs well.
One of the most important parts of keeping your business running properly, is understanding the importance of teamwork. To build up your experience and learn as many team building skills as possible, apply for roles in team-based environments. Supermarkets and other high street stores offer excellent examples of professional team work. To learn how to work as part of a team, get the Walmart application or apply to another similar position.
Sales and targets
You may not realise it, but a Saturday job will allow you to get all the hands on sales experience that you need to run a successful business. Most companies work to weekly or monthly sales targets, by working in this environment you will learn the key skills for keeping on top of targets. If you are purely looking for business experience, some of the best companies to work for are those that set individual employee targets. As this will allow you to chart your own sales and targets, instead of working to an overall company target.
To run a fully functioning business, you will need to set yourself and your staff sales targets to work to. Having experience working for a company that uses targets, will allow you to understand how to best encourage your staff to hit as many targets as possible.