Starting out on your own in business can feel like a hefty task. Not only can you be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of work ahead of you when you get off the ground, but starting out alone can be well, lonely. Not knowing where you can turn with questions or troubles and not having anyone in the office with you to bounce ideas off of can be difficult to cope with. A lot of companies thrive with someone in charge of all aspects of the company, but for others they need a full quota of staff to help manage the company and the way it is run. Plus, having a staff bank with you in the office is great for socialising, which in turn boosts business morale.
Your business is going to be something that so many will eventually rely on for a specific product or service, and it’s important to know the best places to ask for help. Broadening your network is going to make a huge difference to the way you run your company, how you take on new information and take charge of your business. Using sourcing companies for your manufacturing processes, seeking advice and counsel from mentors in your industry and speaking to your suppliers and clients are all ways you can broaden your network. You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘don’t ask, don’t get’ and this is so important here.
Connecting to other people in your shoes can change the way you view your business. Everyone goes into a start-up with a specific idea of how they would like to run things and listening to how others approach their business can change that mindset. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing! You can learn so much from others in the same boat as yourself, learn how to make running a business less lonely and fulfil your need to interact with others beyond the accountant you hire. Finding people to learn from is crucial to success, and if you outsource much of your business beyond your office, then you need to understand that those relationships are vital for your success.
A business owner may go into their start up believing they don’t need any help – but you never stop learning. There is always something new to discover and understand, and the time spent investing in new relationships is where you can evolve both professionally and personally. There are plenty of people in your new network that can help you get to the place you want to be, and push you to be more, but you have to ask. Sometimes, asking for help can feel like a weakness when, in actual fact, it’s a strength. Understanding where you are going wrong and need advice is going to make a massive difference to your whole outlook. Don’t forget, the more you learn and the more of a network you have, the more others will come to you for the same help as they, too, rise through the business ranks!
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