They told you what to do, eat, wear, when to go to sleep, when to get up and go to school. It felt like everything was mapped out. Easy, right?
Once you started school things were about the same. You were given deadlines, structured days were imposed on you, and you were fed plenty more rules and information every day.
The hardest part of your routine? Remembering and reciting the answers teachers already gave you so that you would score well on tests.
Then you grew up.
Suddenly nobody was there to tell you when to wake up or what to do. You (I’m guessing) don’t have mom or dad telling you it’s time to go to bed or that it’s time to get up and get to work.
It’s now up to you to not have that last shot at the bar. It’s your call whether to go to bed or watch late night television.
Now what? What do you do? Who do you see for guidance at work or for business or should discipline and direction come from within?
Business peer support
You may be on your own but you don’t have to fight all alone in your adult life. There are business coaches, enlightened mentors, and fellow small business owners just an email or call away.
Look to other entrepreneurs that are already succeeding at what you’ve set out to do. I’m constantly watching others and joining website subscriber lists just to get the inside track. I want to know what’s working (or not) for people more experienced than I am.
Why not? Observing other business owners is a free education.
Heard of the Small Business Administration (for those in the U.S.)? Its purpose is to help and support small businesses and owners get up and running. You can visit their site here:
While there, if you scroll to the very bottom you will notice links to help you start a business or manage one. Want to take it a step further and find a mentor? They have you covered with some resources on the Starting A Business page. It’ll look like this:
One noteworthy association is called SCORE. It’s the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Visit their site and you’ll be able to drill down by industry and submit a question you have, free of charge:
Here is a snapshot of the page where you can submit a reply.
These are high-level contacts here. I’m not sure I’d reach out to these people asking which WordPress plugin is the best for picture galleries on your website. You could try. But I encourage you to think bigger, guys.
Also, if you read into the SBA site they give you advice on using trade associations to mine for mentors and one-on-one training to help you get a leg up.
I’m here for you too, so feel free to reach out to me. Most times, I find myself reaching out to some of you via email and contact form just to offer some help. But I’m also available to get further involved so consider working with me to frame up your next project.
There are mentors, coaches, trade associations and Government agencies waiting to help you.
If you’re stuck, are you ready to take action by seeking help and asking questions that will help grow your business?