Us entrepreneurs are a crazy breed. We hate the idea of working regular hours for steady pay checks, living in our sterile cubes, so instead we traded that in for working long hours and depending on ourselves and our teams. We do this often because it’s our dream, to be our own boss, the master of our own destiny, and if course the visions of riches and extravagances for our self and our loved ones, right? The problem is it will be a long time until we are able to realize those dreams. It’s going to take a lot of work and sacrifices to get there. The challenge isn’t the work, we love the work, it’s what drew us in to begin with. The challenge is the rest of our life, we often feel like our life, our family, our friends are getting in the way of our dreams. When you get to this point, it’s time to take a step back and evaluate what you’re doing and why.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of my experiences growing my businesses, strategies I’ve used, with varying success, to manage that ever elusive work/life balance. Most importantly I’m going to cover some techniques I think all entrepreneurs need to employ if they want to get their lives into better balance. I plan to cover the following:
- Goal Setting
- Learning to say No
- Time Management
- Small Business Tools for Success
- Virtual Assistants
- Hiring and Managing a Team
- Personal Development
One of the first Small Business Success Strategies is Find a Support System. I’m not talking about your spouse or family who (hopefully) is standing behind you as the dutiful cheerleader always chanting the “Yes You Can!” charge. What you need is a network of other entrepreneurs who are like minded and have grown or are growing their businesses. They don’t need to be in the same industry or even the same city, but you need to find a safe haven where you’ll be surrounded by similar thinking individuals who can give you real, honest feedback.
Where do you find other like minded entrepreneurs? If you feel like you’re operating in a vacuum without an outside support system the idea of finding other entrepreneurs may be daunting. I promise you they are out there. Online communities, like www.donebp.com, and many others can provide a great starting point. Think social media – yes, FaceBook and LinkedIn and others. But don’t limit yourself to just online resources. Get out of that comfort zone and go to a local networking meeting. There are many different networking events and opportunities in cities all over the world. A little research and diligence is bound to turn up some options. Then actually go and interact with people. Learn about what they do and how they have been successful. Soon you will have a strong independent support system that you will be able to leverage to help you grow and hold you accountable.
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