There are two types of jobs. One is just a paycheck—the kind of job that you don’t expect, or want, to turn into anything long-term or serious. Whereas, the other type of job is a career, completely professional, where you hope for promotions and advancements within the company.
As someone that sits on top of the ladder of the latter, you probably have dozens of professional newbies with high hopes of turning their new position into their long-term profession. And you can help. Here are a few ways to inspire and encourage a budding entrepreneur.
Encourage Hobbies, Interests, & Passions
When you get to know someone new at work, it becomes less scary for them. They go from knowing no one and having doubts and fears, to knowing someone and feeling a little more confident in their new job.
Learn more about them, like their hobbies, interests, and passions, and encourage them to keep up with the things that they love. Do they love to print custom stickers?
Encourage it! Do they have a super-creative side? Get to know it! Yes, become a friend, but become a role model and support system too.
Be Attentive and Open to Conversation
When a budding entrepreneur begins looking up to you for advice, compassion, and support, you need to make yourself available. It’s a big responsibility to have that much impact in someone’s life, especially in their profession.
Be attentive, open to conversation, and really strive to connect and communicate. Relate with talk of your own passions, business experiences, and professional goals. Open up a little about your dreams, ideas, and beginnings, however humble they may be.
Provide Funds for a Solid Foundation That You Believe In
When you make a connection with a budding entrepreneur, it’s because you genuinely believe in that person and their business dreams. Offer to become a sponsor or affiliate.
Or, provide a business account of set aside funds that go towards the betterment of their company ideas. You never know when you could be investing your beliefs and money into the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.
While the support of family and friends is awesome, many business professionals, especially newbies, want a support system of at-work friends that support their dreams and goals. Be that person because you were once in their shoes.
Professionals face enough challenges and obstacles simply striving to attain their own ideas of success. Make work-life a little easier for them by extending your friendship, beliefs, advice, and genuine hopes towards the betterment of their future.