5 HABITS OF SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS October 2, 2019 | Business Tips | business growth , time management , motivation , entrepreneur By Stepha Vesper It takes a special kind of person to be an entrepreneur. They’re driven, brave, curious and committed to their own growth. But what does a typical day look like for a successful small business owner? And what’s their mindset like? Below are five habits that successful business owners seem to all have in common. 1. They keep a regular schedule. Successful entrepreneurs keep themselves accountable by sticking to a daily schedule. But they don’t just keep that schedule to work-related tasks. They’re not afraid to pencil in time for socializing, relaxation and exercise, too, taking care to get professional responsibilities out of the way before scheduling recreation time. This balanced approach helps improve health and wellbeing, and in turn, business growth. 2. They stay flexible. A willingness to roll with the punches instead of balking at change or getting stuck in a certain mindset is crucial when you’re managing a business. Things can switch direction at any time, and flexible business owners know this can be sink or swim. The entrepreneurs that are willing to step out of their comfort zone and meet challenges are the ones that stay afloat in the long-run. 3. They get a good night's sleep. The power of a full, regular sleep schedule is undisputed; study after study has confirmed this. That’s why seasoned business owners don’t let poor sleep habits go unchecked. They understand that they’re far more effective, productive and even-handed when they make time for rest. And it’s not just about their own wellbeing; when they get enough rest and are performing at 100 percent, everyone around them benefits from their sound decision-making and energetic attitude. 4. They record ideas as they come. The best ideas rarely strike when we’re poised with pen and paper during an allotted brainstorming session. Instead, they’re more likely to come to us while we’re driving to an inspection, sitting on the sidelines at the soccer field or waiting in line at the coffee shop. The most successful entrepreneurs discovered long ago that if you don’t write a good idea down then and there, there’s a chance you won’t remember it later. Make a habit of using the Notes feature on your phone to record your thoughts. If you can’t type them out, make a voice recording to return to later. 5. They're curious. “Boredom” isn’t a word in the successful business owner’s vocabulary. That’s because they never allow themselves to stagnate. They cultivate a willingness to learn and seek out growth opportunities regularly. They know that a little curiosity can go a long way in not just business, but in life, and that there’s practically no limit to the new skills, knowledge or ideas you might acquire if you keep searching. Are you ready to be your own boss? They inspection industry could be perfect for you! Visit npifranchise.com for more information, or call 1-800-333-9807, ex. 24. About the Author Stepha Vesper, Marketing Communications Specialist Stepha has more than five years’ experience in marketing, content creation, SEO and copywriting. Her favorite part of her job is assisting franchisees with their digital marketing strategies so they reach their goals that much faster. When she isn’t at work, Stepha is going on adventures with her basset hound, Frank, and husband, Zach, perusing used bookstores, reading or writing.