Starting your own Bakery Business is not something you should consider lightly. It will take over your life, especially in the early stages, and many people will rely on you. Your customers, staff, business associates, and family. If you want to start your own Bakery Business and make it a success, then take a look at my 8 Qualities That Every Bakery Business Owner Must Have To Succeed.
8 Qualities That Every Bakery Business Owner Must Have To Succeed
If you jump into a business without Passion, Persistence, Patience, Planning, Preparation, Positivity, People skills, and Perfect honesty, then you are destined to fail. Some you can work on, develop, and improve, but others are personality traits that can’t be forced.
Winners never quit, and if you want to succeed in business then you have to be ready to give it everything you’ve got.
Here are my 8 Qualities that every Bakery Business Owner has to have to make their business a success.
This has to be real. You can’t fake it. Great things are born from passion and almost every successful business has it at its foundations. Passion is required when things get tough. When it’s the middle of the night and your deadline is approaching, Passion will get you through.
If you don’t have true passion then you will soon know about it. When times get tough, you need passion to succeed. Where true passion is void, people give up, make excuses, blame others, and just all out quit.
Quitting is not an option if you want to be a winner. Business can be tough. You will get knock backs, you will fail, you will experience moments where you feel your heart has been ripped out, but if you get up, push forward, stay strong and never ever quit, then you will experience a feeling of achievement that can’t be matched.
This is what drives me on to succeed. I could have quit many times over the years but quitting is just not an option for me. It would have been so easy to make up some excuses and walk away but if I quit, then I let everyone down. One of my biggest strengths is Persistence and it really is Death or Victory where business is concerned!
When you hear of an ‘overnight success’ it is usually built on 10 years of blood, sweat, and tears! Although we had some success quite quickly with our businesses, often the success was short lived. It wasn’t until almost 7 years that we really found our way and started to enjoy a steady and almost guaranteed income that allowed us to live the lifestyle we desired.
I believe that nothing good comes easy, and you have to be prepared to put in the time to cultivate success. The phrase ‘easy come, easy go’ has a lot of relevance here.
‘Failing to plan is planning to fail.’ This is such a great quote and I stand by it. Planning is so important for any successful business. If you blindly stumble your way through business then you are playing a dangerous game of hit and miss. I know this because I used to do it!
Once I started planning and strategising, my business transformed. I focused on key areas of the business and made plans to drive forward. Of course, not everything goes to plan, but having a plan also means you can try to predict unexpected hurdles and make plans to avoid them or tackle them if they should ever occur.
Consistency is also a key contributor to a successful business. Planning helps you to be consistent in your approach, product, service, and customer care. Planning prevents the feeling of taking each day as it comes. It makes you focus on the future which is something most successful people do. If you only focus on each day and tackle each day’s small problems, then you aren’t moving forward and are only putting off inevitable failure.
Much like Planning, failing to Prepare is a big mistake. Preparation is key for all aspects of business. Have you prepared for the consultation with customers? Have you prepared a Sales Process? Are you even prepared mentally for the ups and downs of being in business?
There is a famous quote we used in the military that goes, ‘Prior Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance.’ If you want to perform like a winner, then you have to prepare like one too. High-level Athletes spend years preparing for what can be as little as a 10-second race. When my Father in Law would wallpaper a wall, he used to say’ ‘It’s all in the preparation.’ This is true in business as it is in most things. Spend time preparing and you won’t regret it.
If you are a negative person, then there is a high chance you have negative experiences constantly. Being positive makes you focus on positive things and like Napoleon Hill said, ‘where focus goes, energy flows.’
Positivity defines a winner. Being positive means not dwelling on the past or looking to blame other people for your negative experiences. I believe that ownership and responsibility come from positivity too. If I am responsible for something that didn’t work, then rather than blaming other people, I will admit that I failed, look at what I did wrong, and then work out how I can improve next time. Connor McGregor, the UFC fighter, says ‘you either Win or you Learn.’ He doesn’t blame others and he doesn’t dwell on defeat. His attitude to keep moving forward and keep making improvements is a key trait for any winner.
Being positive doesn’t mean you have to be unreal. Accept and confront everything that happens to your business and then look for the positive outcome you can glean from it.
If you don’t understand people, then you don’t understand business. This comes hand in hand with being Perfectly Honest. You have to be good with people and you have to have a solid customer service attitude and procedure if you want to win in business.
Everyone is in the business of customer service, no matter what profession they are in. You serve your family, your boss, your employees, and your customers. Providing an outstanding level of customer service and understanding the people you interact with is crucial for your business success.
Any business lacking in people skills and customer service is on the train to Fail City, next stop, Loser Town. Make sure you are on the express train to Success and put a solid Customer Service Policy in place in your business.
Integrity is key to any business. Liars, cheats, and dishonest people are always found out and most often end up as losers. You are your own morality, and if you mislead or lie to customers, then you are also cheating yourself.
Be open, honest, and always keep your customers informed. People just like to know where they stand and want to be told the truth. If you have a problem, then find a solution and keep the customer involved with the solution and update them constantly. People appreciate it when you admit something is wrong but show you are doing everything you can to put it right whilst informing and reassuring them every step of the way.
I have met many dishonest people in business and they don’t last long, so keep your integrity intact and when you look back at your business in years to come, you can hold your hand on your heart, your head up high, and know that you were always perfectly honest, always did your best, and always did the right thing by other people.
What Qualities Do You Think Are Required For Bakery Business Success?
So there are my 8 Qualities That Every Bakery Business Owner Must Have To Succeed.