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Top Management Tips for Startup Founders

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@aafanAafan Siddique

Startup And Entrepreneurship Enthusiast.

Here are some top dos and don'ts for startup founders, alongside some management tips for startup founders from successful entrepreneurs.

The success of every startup depends on its management. The world has witnessed various startups that had brilliant ideas but could not flourish because they could not be managed properly. When the same ideas were taken up by sound management teams, the startups became Unicorns.

If you would actually study the history of every startup, there were companies doing the same things as the specific successful startup is doing, before they even thought about it.

This can give us an understanding of the importance of Management for a Startup.

In this article, we would like to discuss some of the important management tips for startup founders must follow in order to leverage their business potential.

Read Marketing Books

Do you know, what is the most common habit or you can say things are in between all successful entrepreneurs from Mark Zuckerberg to Elon musk?

I guess you know. If not, lemme tell you the answer and it is " reading books ". And books can be anything from business books to fiction books.

So being a startup founder, you should devote time to read some best entrepreneur books written by successful entrepreneurs to learn their highs and lows and not to repeat the same mistakes that they did.

Recommended Book: Explosive Growth written by Cliff Lerner (Founder and CEO of SNAP Interactive - first dating app which grew to 100 million users)

Establish Your Clear Goals

The most important management tips for startup founders are that you should clear enough with your end-term goals. Every successful entrepreneur suggests the same thing to everyone.

You can set your gals in short term frequency like quarterly or long term means yearly to trick your startup in the competitive market.

Don't set your goals which are tough to achieve thinking that you are exceptional and later on after failing in it blaming others. Goals should be realistic.

Setting project management standards and timings

It is important to have set frameworks and Standards for managing projects.

Before you start, if you have specific set standards for managing any kind of project, you have the possibility of scaling the business to any scale.

The standards set by you must be followed religiously by every project manager and this can give you a lot of extra time to focus on other important things.

Having a proper communication channel with your clients

The success of a business depends on the service that the clients receive.

You must make a foolproof system of regular communication with the client.


Every process in the company must be documented

Startups usually ignore documenting processes of different operations in the company.

Basic documentation like taking minutes of the meeting is often ignored which makes it difficult and time-consuming to track results.

Every process must be documented and people must be made responsible for certain tasks, which helps the startup founders to analyze and track each activity from a single document.

Using different online management tools

There are various management tools available on the Internet related to time, project and money management.

All these tools must be utilized to plan and strategize every activity of the business. This will give you a one-stop solution to all your planning requirements and you can access the status of every operation from the click of a button.

Learning from failures

You will get a lot of small and big failures at the start of the journey. It is extremely important to learn from each of these failures and implement the changes that you learn.

You must learn to experiment with different things and come up with the best possible scenarios.

While experimenting you will come across various secrets and time hacks to further improve the processes in your business.

Don't let competition distracts you

While chasing the goals to succeed in it make sure that you don't get distracted by the competition.

You are not running in the race alone there are big fish and small fish like yours are also in the same race.

If any big company or startup spending a lot of money on advertising and spending a lot that doesn't mean you have to follow their same footsteps.

Being a startup founder, you have to wisely use your funding and budget.

Bringing in new changes at regular intervals

Change is one thing that improves business and increases sustainability.

You must be very open to criticism and recommendations given by employees and people who are not part of your business. You must analyze each of these recommendations and make changes accordingly.

Changing different processes at regular intervals is one thing that is important to make sure that the processes you follow are sustainable and you are in a growing phase in your industry/sector.

Final Words

So these were some management tips for startup founders by successful entrepreneurs. And I hope that you will implement these in your daily life too being a founder and entrepreneur.


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