Serving Southern California since 1946, SABP Print Solutions has remained a family owned business with a reputation for customer service, integrity, and fast action. The President of SABP Print Solutions, Colleen Howes, joins us on the Critical Mass Radio Show to discuss her company’s history as part of our Summer Series, Fast Growth: Orange County Companies.
1. Prove yourself. Proving yourself when in an entrepreneurial state of operations can be one of the most challenging stages when it comes to gaining recognition and respect in the business world. This simple equation can take your business from the bottom to the top: Do what you say you are going to do+ when you say you are doing to do it+ have fair and honest pricing= success in partnerships and success for your business as a whole. Not everyone has that in their business model when first starting out or even when they achieve success, so by living and operating with integrity and respect for your clients and your operations is what will set you apart in the competitive market this is business. This will then ultimately lead to you proving yourself and gaining recognition from bigger companies that in turn will lead to greater growth opportunities.
2. Trust your instincts. If you think something is right in terms of your business then it probably is. A lot of companies, when they first start out are more willing to take chances and risks pertaining to their businesses because at that point they do not have anything to lose. However, as your company grows and expands and becomes more successful the ability for CEOs to take risks when it comes to their businesses decrease because they have a lot more value and stakeholders betting on their success. However, as a CEO it is your job to know when it is the right time to make changes and adapt with the times in order to uphold relevancy in the market.
3. It is hard to find good employees. A popular challenge we hear about on the Critical Mass Radio Show from an abundant amount of CEOs is how difficult it is to find employees that fit the culture of the company, have a great work ethic, and fit the job description. The main idea behind this is to take your time during the interview process and in most situations it is okay to be picky with the people you bring into your company. If you feel that the potential prospect you take on does not fit 100% of the criteria to qualify, (criteria being both the job requirements and work ethic) it is okay to decline them. Potential employees bring in resumes and examples of their work to interviews, and it is not enough to just look at the examples of their work, but to ask the right questions pertaining to their contributions on their work (if it was group work) or how long it took them to complete their examples. Asking the right questions can be the difference between gaining an outstanding employee or just another temporary employee.
Listen to our full interview with Colleen Howes on the Critical Mass Radio Show here: