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If You’re Looking For Conventional Advice For Your Startup, You’re In The Wrong Place.

I am all about the unconventional. The weird, the wacky, the “that’s never gonna work” kind of advice.

Are you ready to take your startup to the next level? ⏩ Don’t listen to anyone Yes, you read that right. Don’t listen to anyone. Not your parents, not your friends, not your girlfriend’s half-sister, not even your investors. YOU know what’s best for your startup, so trust your instincts and do what you think is right. ⏩ Hire a dog That’s right, a dog. Dogs are loyal, hardworking, and always happy to see you. They lick your face (not virtually of course) but you get the point. So, instead of hiring a fancy consultant, hire a furry friend to be your company’s mascot. ⏩ Take a siesta. We know, we know! You’re busy building a startup from scratch. But, hear me out. Taking a nap can actually boost productivity and creativity. So, if you’re feeling stuck or burnt out, take a 20-minute power nap and see how it affects your work but for the love of god set an alarm. ⏩ Embrace failure Failure is not the end of the world. In fact, it’s often the beginning of something great. Learn from them, DOCUMENT THEM and move on. Don’t dwell on the past, focus on the future and how you can improve. ⏩ Dance it out We’re not saying you should have a dance party in the middle of the office (although, that’s not the worst idea). But, taking a dance break can actually boost creativity and reduce stress. Side note: Taking a walk works too but it is boring ASF. ⏩ Don’t take yourself too seriously Yes, your startup is important. But, that doesn’t mean you have to take yourself too seriously. Laugh at yourself, make jokes, and don’t be afraid to show your human side. Being approachable and relatable can help you build better relationships with your employees, investors, and customers. ⏩ Pay your invoices on time If you’re managing your finances the right way this should be no problem right? Right? I aim for a 72 hour window. YES 72 hours! Paying invoices on time in a startup is like eating broccoli as a kid. It may not seem exciting, but it’s essential for growth and vitality. Plus, who doesn’t love a good night’s sleep knowing their finances are in order? Who sleeps anyway? ⏩ Keep your tech stack simple I know this is really REALLY hard. The urge to subscribe to Jira, Asana and Monday at the same time is real. Also, working in a silo seems attractive but it’s really not. A lean tech stack not only saves you from the headaches of dealing with bloated software, but it also keeps costs down and allows you to focus on what really matters: building a solid foundation for your business. So there you have it, my unconventional advice for startups. Will it work for everyone? Probably not. But, hey 90% of you are failing anyway so what do you have to lose?

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