OpenView: 5 pieces of key advice for entrepreneurs

As an entrepreneur, it seems like everyone wants to give you advice, but how do you know if that advice will actually be beneficial? Here are 5 tips from Firas Raouf that we at Launch Leads have found to be beneficial.

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5 pieces of key advice for entrepreneurs

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1. Focus on the few things that matter. A CEO does only three things: 1) Sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders, 2) Recruits, hires, and retains the very best talent for the company, and 3) Makes sure there is always enough cash in the bank.

2. Trick to raising money? Easy, don’t do it.  Too much money on the balance sheet is the worst thing you could do to your company. The more money there is, the louder that money begs to be spent. The more you spend, the more  mistakes you make and the more hooked you get on spending more money.  Money does not solve operational problems. If you don’t have a profitable distribution model, spending more money won’t make it more profitable. If your product is not solving the customer’s pain point, more money won’t create a better product.

3. Make sure your customers are PASSIONATE about your product. I’m talking about being really passionate. Passionate to the point where they enthusiastically solicit others to use your products. Passionate enough to go out of their way to write a blog post or tweet or whatever else they can think of to promote you over the social and business networks.

4. Avoid bad hires. The number one goal of recruiting is to make sure that who you hire is absolutely the best fit for the role. Achieving that goal is not just about interviewing more candidates, recruiting efficiency, or attracting the most talented people (not that any of those are unimportant). It actually starts with figuring out the true ROLE that you expect the hire to play, and the MEASURE of success to that role when the person actually fulfills it.

5. Fire bad hires — FAST. Sounds harsh, yes. But there’s nothing worst than holding on to an employee who is not a good fit. It takes a lot of precious effort to rehabilitate a poor performing employee (time and energy you can’t afford wasting). Bad hires also sap the morale of the rest of the team. I have never regretted firing a poor fit employee; I only regretted not doing it earlier.

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