You start a new business. It’s really exciting. You have your beat up old desk in your living room. A box of sharpened pencils. And a dream.
It’s so wonderful to have escaped from corporate life! Oh the joy of escaping endless meetings. And your commute now takes 3 minutes. You are very pleased with yourself indeed.
But fast forward a few years and a strange thing happens.
You remember that you went freelance or self-employed to improve your work-life balance. But you’ve not been to the gym for 3 months and you’ve not met a friend for lunch since that slight lull in early 2012.
Is your business – or your life - suffering because you are not asking for the help you need? And what can you do to get it? Here are our three top tips:
Keep networking – even when business is good
Networking is vital for anyone with a small business. Not only can it provide a pipeline of new business, it’s also important for spending time with people who are probably facing similar issues to you.
What’s more, you may find professionals who offer services that you need, such as a book-keeper or virtual assistant.
Get someone else to look after your IT
If your computer expertise extends to Alt+Ctrl+Delete, you need to outsource your IT. There are many people around at the moment who can offer 24/7 service very reasonably. This is an investment well worth making.
Talk to a coach
The one downside to working on your own (apart from nobody else bringing in cake) is that you have nobody to talk to about the nuts and bolts of your business. Why not think about hiring a coach to help you with whatever aspect of your business is most problematic? Often, talking about your issues provides you with perspective and ideas that would not arise if you are mulling over on your own.
Independence is a wonderful thing. But sometimes – when you run your own business - it can hold you back. Make sure you are asking for the help you need; and getting it. Otherwise you may as well be stuck in that corporate cubicle all over again.
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