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How to dress while running a small business

Everyone has hear about how difficult it is to run a small business. Many of them fail in the first year or two. With little capital and so much at stake, these little enterprises can often fail because of a small mistake. All that needs to happen is for someone to make a little error or for a deal to go bad. Sometimes your partners might end up being dishonest. It is a difficult world for small businessmen and women. Much of the time you probably wonder how you will possibly make it in such a competitive but poor economy. As many small business owners know, you have to be bery careful about everything you do. A small busines that does not have a good business plan or a sense of direction will probably fail. The details will be important, especially when you start and have little money. One of the things that could really hurt you as a small business owner is respect. Nobody knows who you are. They can't trust you and you have no history to show that you are serious and capable. They certainly will not want to invest in your small business, which is what you will need at the beginning. But what details should you pay attention to? Obviously you need a good location and an excellent product. You need good advertising and you need to get customer feedback. All of these are extremely important. However, another very important part of business is representation. You need to appear the part when you are starting a business, and when you have a small business. You need to let everyone know that just because you aren't running a huge international corporation, you are serious and know what you are doing.

Appearance is an important part of life. Obviously we can make too big of a deal out of it sometimes, but when it comes to your profession, you need to know how to appear respectable. How will you dress at your small business? Obviously the nature of your job might dictate this. If you are making pizzas you might not want to wear a three piece suit. However, how will you dress when you are in a meeting with a possible investor? Will you come out in your pizza apron covered with stains and pizza sauce?

Whenever you can represent your business well by dressing up, do so. This means that men should wear concervative and clean business suits. Make sure that they are well ironed and pressed. You want to give the impression of efficiency. For women this could mean a formal skirt or a nice business suit. In either case, male or female, make sure that the clothing is in good shape. You probably don't want to stand out so much that people think you are weird or that you need attention.

Although it might seem strange, it could also be a good idea to dress formally at your small business. Sometimes a small company becomes fairly informal and personal. You know everyone who works at the business. This does not mean that you should not dress formally at work. If you give the appearance of respectability at your small business you will help to raise the general level of professionalism. Act as though you worked at a big firm and you might just help your firm become big. Take some pride in your work by dressing the part. If nothing else, people will know that you are serious and invested in helping your business grow.

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