We all need it from time to time, and probably more than we would care to admit. As entrepreneurs the overwhelm, the stress, the complications and the desire to not make even one more decision can be too much.
What do we do on these days? Some hide, some put blinders on, some run away, some intentionally seek out help. I’m sill a hider and a runawyer but I’m moving more towards the seeking out help. Usually.
It’s also easy to put the blinders on and decide to deal with it later, only it rarely does get dealt with. It’s easier to shove it in the drawer and have it be out of sight out of mind.
But what would happen if you had support? Your own personal board of directors to check in with on a regular basis, a mastermind group that knows you and your business, a trusted friend or coach who is willing to give it to you straight when you need it? What kind of difference would that make in your business? From personal experience I can tell you it makes a HUGE difference. The biggest leaps in my business have been while working with a coach or been part of a mastermind group. The encouragement, the being called on the carpet, and the need to report in at the next meeting are what help push me forward when the going gets tough.
What should you look for?
- Structure: I think this one is crucial. There needs to be a designated leader or a sharing of leadership with members taking turns. Someone needs to direct the conversation when you get off track or when there is a lull in the conversation. Sometimes it helps to come with topic starters to get the ball rolling.
- Regular Meeting Times: Meeting once a month just doesn’t cut it. You need to meet weekly or every other week at the least. Less than that and you do not bond like you need to, it is too easy to forget and skip
- You All Need Skin In The Game: I personally believe money needs to be involved, that there is payment made and enough that it impacts your pocket-book so that you will give it the time and attention it deserves, that you show up and take part. Any free group I have been a part of has fallen apart quickly and the value is not there.
- Enough Members: There needs to be at least 4 or 5. Less than that and you don’t have the power of the group mind, ideas and brainstorming power. I have noticed that in smaller groups of only 2 or 3 that the “aha!” moments do not happen as often for the members when there are only 2-3 people.
- Diversity: I find that groups with different backgrounds can help you see outside your industry, your field of expertise and even experience. That is fun! To find ideas that are unexpected and can be applied to your situation gets the creative juices flowing.
Where do you find support?
Unfortunately this is the hard part. Over my years as a work from home business owner, finding that kind of support has been one of the biggest desires of my heart. I have been a part of membership sites, mastermind groups and board of director meetings. Some have been awesome and some have been less than awe-inspiring.
Here are some of my top recommended resources:
- 48Days.com: This is a huge community with a vast array of interests and focus. It is a great resource to explore and find a place to plugin and get connected. You can also get feedback and encouragement from the community on ideas, projects and questions.
- FreeAgentAcademy.com: A group I have been a part of for years now, one of the best resources around in finding like-minded people and coaching to help you move your dreams forward, get clarity on what to do next as well as getting the kick in the pants I sometimes need.
- Start Your Own Mastermind Group: There are a lot of articles and how-to’s on the subject out there, these are some of my favorites. Passion For Business has free and paid resources on starting and leading mastermind groups – click here. Dan Miller of 48Days.com has a class on starting a mastermind group – click here.
- Ask Around: Ask colleagues, ask on social media, ask friends, and do research on the internet. Through these resources I have found incredible people, made important connections and made great friends.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to find support in running your business at home. It is so easy to feel like the lone wolf and that you are in this alone. You are not! Being able to reach out and ask for help is an incredible gift. There is also an incredible energy in giving back and supporting someone else too. Some of my biggest aha moments come from talking through the issue of another member, that is worth the price of admission right there.
If you haven’t gotten help like this before, don’t wait start looking today. If you have looked and haven’t found a good fit yet, don’t give up.
Marta Goertzen is an entrepreneur, writer and nature photographer. She daily explores the trails and beaches of the South Central Oregon Coast with her buddy Bailey. You can follow along on their adventures on Instagram. She is also the author of several books including her newest, “Choosing Gratitude: A Daily Quiet Time Journal”.