Be in business for yourself, but never be in business by yourself. This statement is on the cover of my personal brochure. It’s a statement that is, in my opinion, one of the most important things to learn about starting or running a small business.
A few people have the internal motivation to work alone and not give up; for the rest of us, having a mentor of business coach to keep us accountable to our own promises, is necessary for the success of the business.
There are various places to find a mentor or coach. Here are a few suggestions:
- Ask a friend who has a successful business
- Ask someone from your place of worship
- Senior citizens, many of whom have retired from running their own successful businesses, are more then willing to help
- One of my favorite sources is a business support group, a group that meets at least twice a month and you all share your goals and also act as mentors to each other.
- Depending upon your financial situation, there are also people that make a living helping small businesses grow.
Many great business ideas are never implemented due to a lack of support, or once started, reach a small hill and without a push or a pull, the business fades away.
The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.