As An Entrepreneur, What Are The Basics Of Business Etiquette?

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Someone asked me recently, “As an entrepreneur, what are the basics of business etiquette?” This is a great question. For entrepreneurs, professionalism is one of the first things to go out the window. We assume that because we are the boss we can do whatever we want and no one will care. Unfortunately, our employees notice everything we do and they make judgments about us based on our behavior.

In fact, I have had many job candidates come in for interviews who tell me that they are not interested in working for certain companies because of the way the CEO acts. Some examples of bad behavior include:

Bullying people

Taking credit for other people’s work

Not sharing information

Not acknowledging a job well done

Talking on phone during meetings

Canceling or rescheduling meetings at the last minute

Putting off important decisions

Criticizing others in front of others

Making inappropriate comments in the office (sexual or otherwise)

Arriving late or leaving early everyday without notice or explanation

Last month, I was invited to speak on a panel of successful female entrepreneurs at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. One question that came up from the audience was: ‘As an entrepreneur, what are the basics of business etiquette?’.

Now, I’m not exactly Emily Post but I do have some strong opinions about business etiquette that I think will help any entrepreneur succeed.

1. Be on time-nothing is worse than being late. It wastes everyone’s time and doesn’t demonstrate respect for your peer’s time or the opportunity you’ve been given.

2. Respond to emails promptly-I am amazed by how many people don’t respond to emails in a timely manner. If you’re going to be away from email for an extended period (or just out of office), set an autoresponder so people know when they can expect a response.

3. Pick up the phone-sometimes email exchanges degenerate into an infinite loop that can be resolved with a quick phone conversation (email is great for certain topics but terrible for others). Too many people bury their heads in their screens and forget that it’s easier and faster to pick up the phone and resolve something directly with another person instead of waiting for them to respond via email.

As an entrepreneur, you are responsible for your own business etiquette. Knowing the basics of business etiquette is important to the success of your business.

Business etiquette is a set of unwritten rules that govern how people interact with each other in a professional environment. It includes how people treat customers and clients, but also how they treat employees. The best businesses have a culture of professionalism and respect that permeates everything they do. It starts with the founders and trickles down to every aspect of the company.

Following are some basic tenets of good business etiquette:

• Show up on time. This means arriving at agreed-upon meeting locations at least 10 minutes early, but not too early (arriving 30 minutes ahead of time is just as rude as being late). It also means delivering goods or services as promised, whether it be a product or service you’re selling or a project you have been contracted to do for someone else. If you don’t think you can deliver on time, communicate early and often to minimize inconveniences.

• Treat everyone with respect. You should always treat your customers with respect; it’s good for your business! But it’s just as important to be respectful toward your employees, whether they

Dear Entrepreneur,

I am a young entrepreneur and have started my own business. I am not sure how to write business letters and emails and what business etiquette is. Can you help me?

To Your Success,

Eager Entrepreneur

Dear Eager Entrepreneur,

Congratulations on starting your own business! It is exciting to be an entrepreneur. As a young entrepreneur, it is important to learn the basics of business etiquette. Here are the basics:

1) Emails should be written in plain language without slang or emoticons. You want to present yourself as a professional who is competent and can communicate effectively. Check your spelling and grammar before sending an email. If you are sending a proposal or other formal document, ensure it is well written with proper formatting. Avoid using all caps as this appears like you are yelling at the recipient. Use proper punctuation as well. You will also want to check your email address. Many young entrepreneurs use their high school or college email account for business purposes. This can appear unprofessional so consider getting a personal account that uses your name or initials such as or

2) With regard to business letters, always use high-quality paper stock and

It is important to understand the importance of business etiquette. In fact, a lot of people do not realize that there are specific rules for how to behave in a business setting.

Etiquette is about being polite and having good manners. Business etiquette applies to a wide range of situations including meetings, luncheons and greetings. Each situation requires a different set of manners. Below are some tips to help you be more professional when it comes to business etiquette.

In meetings:

Business meetings can be conducted in many different ways. If you have an employee who needs to attend a meeting with other employees, it is important that they understand the basics of business etiquette. Some things that are necessary include:

1) Meeting on time – It is important that everyone arrives on time at the scheduled time. If you are late, it will give the impression that you do not care about the meeting and it will affect your image as a professional in the eyes of your colleagues.

2) Speaking clearly – It is important to speak clearly so that others can understand what you are saying. You should also avoid using abbreviations such as “lol” or “LOL”, which suggest that you are joking or not serious about what you are saying. This type of communication is not

The success of a business mostly depends on the connection it has with clients and customers. A business must be able to generate a positive impression to its clientele. And one way to do this is through proper business etiquette.

Business etiquette is about respecting the people you work with. It is about treating your colleagues, and the people you work for, with courtesy and consideration. It’s also about respecting and being considerate of your customers and clients.

These are common sense rules that apply in any situation, whether you’re in a meeting, on the phone, writing an email or having a casual conversation.

You are a business owner, and you want to succeed. Business is all about making a profit and only making a profit. What that means is that you need to make sure that you are doing everything you can to not only keep your existing clients happy but also make sure that you are getting new clients on a regular basis. If this is something that you want to do, then there are some things that you will want to know as an entrepreneur.

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