If you Google the term solopreneur, you’re going to find many different answers. One definition that recently caught my eye was “someone who works alone, “solo”, running their business single-handedly”. Not surprisingly, that same definition from Urbandictionary.com goes on to say that “The typical solopreneur is easily tempted to become a work-a-holic, not feeling their work is ever done! They do the administrative tasks, marketing, customer service and service delivery typically by themselves.”
I hope this isn’t the definition that you relate to but if you do, it’s time to find the support you need to succeed!
Successful solopreneurs know that to be successful, you cannot do it alone. You need support, often in areas of your business but more important is the support that comes from a community of like-minded business owners.
Here are 5 ways to find support and what each could mean for your success:
Mastermind with like-minded entrepreneurs
There are many different types of mastermind groups that you can find both online and in person. Some are formally organized through programs, while others form out of a need within a local community.
Your mastermind group becomes an advisory board to troubleshoot and collaborate with. They can be your sounding board to talk through ideas and challenges and a source of support and accountability as you work toward your goals.
Great mastermind groups are full of knowledge and experience that can prove experience, resources, and introductions to help grow your business. If you’ve read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, you know the benefit of a mastermind. (If you haven’t read the book, it’s a MUST READ for every entrepreneur!)
An accountability buddy
I have two regular accountability buddies who I found through a coaching program I belong to. They are each very different. One is a quick 10-minute call to cover what I have achieved and what my three goals are for the day. The other is a bit more social but covers the same information.
As women, I strongly believe that we neglect to acknowledge those things we accomplish and put too much focus on the never-ending list of tasks or fear of what may never get done. By checking in with an accountability buddy and following the format of 3 things you achieved and the 3 things you will complete before your next call, you are acknowledging the progress and setting the intention with your next priorities.
Seek out formal training
Formal training can produce a laundry list of benefits beyond the obvious educational piece. Formal training often opens you up to a network of like-minded individuals either in person or online.
When attending training outside the office, you often have the opportunity to network with other business owners. Online training often provides the same opportunity, in an online setting using message boards or Facebook groups.
Attending regular in-person networking events allows you to not only meet potential clients but also entrepreneurs who may become referral partners, accountability buddies, mentorship partners, and friends!
Networking, both in-person and on-line is about building relationships. Be sure to keep that as your objective for your next networking event. Take the time to really get to know the other person and what they offer. Often networking connections become referral partners, accountability buddies, and mastermind partners.
Regular physical activity
This form of support was actually what inspired this blog post. Regular physical activity is important for both you and your business. A consistent exercise routine provides benefits such as increased productivity, enhanced creativity, improved concentration and less stress. Regular physical activity also provides an opportunity to network with those who have the same interests.
Through a local running club, I found a community that keeps me accountable and pushes me to reach my goals. Like my business community, this community keeps me moving forward in my fitness goals, which is just as important for my business goals!
Being a solopreneur doesn’t mean going solo!
I prefer the more positive definitions that have shown up in my Google search that describe solopreneurs as visionaries who are creating their own brand and are solely responsible for their success. To accelerate that success, surround yourself with supportive, like-minded individuals. The connection, positive energy, and support of a community will inspire and encourage you to reach your goals and continue following your dreams!
Looking for your own supportive community?
I would love to invite you to join me in The Fabulously Balanced Life Academy, a supportive online community of like-minded entrepreneurs, solopreneurs, and mompreneurs who, like you, have a vision to:
- Grow their business without sacrificing too much time with family,
- Get organized and gain traction in their business
- Feel confident and knowledgeable as the CEO of their business
- Be more efficient and effective each day
- Develop systems to automate and delegate for growth