Owning a business can feel like a lonely experience, especially in the beginning. As a start-up entrepreneur you are usually the one responsible for everything and it is common to second guess yourself or lack confidence in your business decisions. Starting and operating a business is not for the faint of heart, but there are a few key partnerships that can help lighten the load. Keep reading for the top two relationships you need to develop to help you through the rollercoaster of business ownership.
1. You Need an Advisor
For those of you reading who are familiar with the SBDC, you know this is our sweet spot. We offer free, remote, one-on-one consulting for entrepreneurs to meet with our business professionals on a myriad of different topics. Not sure where to start with your business plan? We’ll help guide you. Have questions about digital marketing? We’ve got you covered. Overwhelmed about funding and finances? We’re here for you. We have a dedicated team of experts who as business owners themselves, understand what it is like to take the leap and not know exactly where that next step will take you. An important aspect to keep in mind about this type of relationship is that the SBDC wants to be your long-term partner. This isn’t a one-and-done situation, but rather an ongoing partnership. Our business advisors want to support your business through the various stages it will encounter. Our tagline is to help businesses start, grow, and prosper, so wherever you are at in your entrepreneurial journey, we want to support you with the education, resources, and guidance you need. Ready to get started? Click here to book an appointment.
Even if you don’t utilize the SBDC’s services, find someone who can act as a mentor to you. Perhaps it is someone who has a depth of experience in your specific industry, or someone you have a personal connection with who has steady business knowledge. Whoever you choose, make sure it is someone who you trust and who you can be completely honest with about where your business is at. Having a consistent presence as your go-to when you experience tough decisions, doubts, and successes is invaluable and will help you feel a weight taken off your shoulders as you carry on with your business.
2. Connect with Like-Minded Entrepreneurs
Networking and building relationships with other business owners is one of the best things you can do to increase your confidence, boost your flow of creative ideas, and feel a part of something beyond your business. The small business community is unique in its desire to support other businesses and encourage the dreams of fellow entrepreneurs. So where do you get connected with other business owners? Here are a few ideas:
Where To Go From Here
While you may be the only one running your business, you don’t have to be the only one thinking about your business. Utilize resources like advisors and other entrepreneurs to help you brainstorm, see situations from a different perspective, and feel supported throughout the journey.