The Ultimate 90-Day Ramp Up Plan for Employees of Small Businesses

April 10, 20160 Comments

Working for a Small Business by Sherese DuncanAre you currently working for a small business or entrepreneur?  If so, this article is for you!

In the last few years, small businesses have become more attractive to those seeking careers.  This weeks article is for those of you who have secured a position with a small business (250 employees or less) and need to begin establishing your own network that could benefit the business and your career:

Days One through Five:  Start Building Relationships.
From experience I’ve witnessed several people let go because the individual was unable to adapt to the organizational culture.  To avoid this start the first week by identifying three networks of people.

  1. Those individuals who are important to you achieving the work assigned to you.
  2. Those individuals who can coach you on the rules of the road.
  3. Those individuals who can potentially advise and counsel you.

Once you’ve identified these people try to make an initial contact with them.  A good place to start is the organizational chart or if your company is small start with a list of business colleagues or other individuals in your industry.

Days Six through Ten:  Build Your Internal Networks
Once you’ve made initial contact you must start building the network.  Within the networks you have identified in the first week look for the following:

  1. People who are connected and who have influence.
  2. Key people who are one level below you or your position that has the skills that complements your skills to help with future projects.

Only learn what you can.  Try not to be overbearing or too inquisitive.  Also remember that you don’t have to copy everything that these people are doing.  You just need to know how they can help you.  If you find a good friend along the way, that’s even better.

Days Eleven through Fifteen: Don’t Forget to Do a Good Job
Keep in mind that even though the first 10 days are spent building relationships, you still have to do your job and do it well.

This week schedule a mini-checkup with your boss.  It’s only been two weeks, but you want to make sure you’re on the right track.  A good way to do this is to create “action” lists everyday and check off anything you finish.  Keep these lists and create a small report from them so you have documented evidence of your accomplishments. When meeting with your boss you can go over pertinent items as a way to check progress.  These reports come in handy when review time comes around and you want a raise.  (Note:  Small Business Owners love those that take the initiative to document activity!)

Days Sixteen through Twenty-Five:  Establish Networks Outside Your Company
This is a hard step for some and easier for others.  The first 30 days on the job can be stressful because you’re not sure what you’re doing.  Networking outside the organization can help ease the stress.

Attend an event that people within your industry would attend.  Try to meet at least five people who posses the influence, the leadership, or the PR savvy to assist you in achieving your career goals.  Not only can these outside people give you an outside point of view of your industry and company, they could be your ticket to the next big event!

Days Twenty-Six through Thirty:  Do a Personal Check Up and Pick a Project 
Its time to determine if you can truly make a contribution while enhancing and growing your current skills.  This is something that no one can tell you how to determine.  Review the last thirty days an jot down any weak areas in regards to your skills and being able to complete work efficiently.  Also, if there is a project going on that you feel you could really dig your heels into; ask if you can help.

Small business owners have a lot on their plate.  If you can ease the stress and challenge of operating a small business, you never know where your entrepreneurial career can take you.

Your Transmogrifyer,

Sherese Duncan

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