How to Find Support as a Small Business Owner

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Do you ever feel like you're all alone in your business? Maybe you're the single owner and employee of your business. You might work from home all the time and the only person you talk to is yourself or your dog. 🙋🏼‍♀️

You want someone to bounce ideas off of and heck, even just hang out and work for a little while.

Well I'm here to tell you friend that finding support in your business isn't as hard as it might seem. 🤗

I covered this topic this week on the Live Training you can catch the video below!

Today, we're going to cover the different ways you can find support as a small business owner and how you can support other small businesses. As well as talk about finding out how you like to be supported.

#1 Ways of Support

There are tons of different avenues and ways that you can get support as a person and as a small business.

To name a few:

  • Friends & Family

  • Mentors & Coaches

  • Business Connections

  • Online Communities

Friends & Family

The obvious and most immediate one that are friends and family. Those closest to you are going to give you unique support because they know you on a different level and they love you and they want to support you, they care for you. So obviously going straight towards friends and family is a huge advantage, they're right there. They're easy to find. I know sometimes that when you're starting a business, your friends and your family don't necessarily support you in that decision or they don't support you at first. Maybe they think that your idea is kind of weird or they don't agree. It happens. And that's totally fine because I also believe that you should have multiple areas of support, so you shouldn't just rely on the same people at the same groups. You should have all different areas. That way you can get support from all different types of people depending on where they're at in their life and their business.

Mentors & Coaches

Mentors are a great source of support, they could be somebody that you admire in business. They could be in the same field that you are but maybe they're a few steps ahead. You want to know how they got there, how they did it. A mentor can obviously offer you support in a little bit different way because they're actually in it with you, they're in the business world, they get it.

Coaches are great too. Generally they're a paid source of support. But what's so nice is they are there for you and they want to see you grow. And not only that, they're really going to push on the things that you don't want to talk about. Like the tough things. For example, I've worked with a coach. Even though I'm an extroverted person, sometimes it's really hard for me to bring up and let go of the tough stuff. Like the things that I'm struggling with.

My coach would know when I was struggling with something because all of a sudden she would ask me a question and we would kind of go deeper into it and I would just get more and more quiet and reserved. And she would say, "Okay, we really need to talk about this. What's, what's coming up for you? What emotions are coming up, what's going on?" And for me,