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Starting a business from scratch comes with a long list of challenges. Where do I start? What do I need? Where should I focus first? What should I spend money on? Where do I find clients? How about the techy stuff? And many, many more questions that you ask yourself. It is so easy to become overwhelmed.
This why you need support. Even with all of the know-how and all of the tools, it is so important to also surround yourself with the right people. Your connections are an important key to your success.
So who are these people, and how do you find them? Here are 6 ways to get support for your small business:
1. Attend a conference or event.
Going to large teaching events like the Global Leadership Summit provides you with opportunities to learn from successful business leaders, as well as provide you with opportunities to network with those in attendance. Sit and take notes, but also get to know some people at the event.
2. Join a mastermind group on Facebook.
Entrepreneurship groups on Facebook are plentiful. Find one that fits your niche and your values. These groups are not places to advertise your services, in fact, it’s usually against most groups’ rules. This is a place to ask questions, bounce off ideas, and network with other professionals.
3. Take an online course.
Courses provide you with tremendous resources for your business. There are so many to choose from. Whether, you aren’t quite sure what you want to do for a business, or how you can get to the next level, there are courses that can give you a blueprint to get you on the right track to success. Not only that, but they offer a community of people who are on the same journey of entrepreneurship. These connections are invaluable. Here are some courses that I loved and recommend:
1K1Day with Nicole Walters — this usually has a long waitlist, so get on it! When the opportunity comes up, take it! You won’t regret it. She also has other mini courses that you can take in the meantime here.
Freedom Hackers by Kimra Luna offers so many valuable courses. If you have a chance to take Be True Brand You, do it! Though I think now it’s a live event. But be sure to check out what Kimra has to offer.
The Virtual Assistant Bootcamp with Abby Ashley is an extremely thorough course to get your virtual assistant business up and running. If you are thinking of becoming a VA start there.
4. Hire a Business Consultant
This would be a good investment to make in your business. If you can find someone to get up close and personal with your business and help you make the moves and the changes needed to take your business to another level, I mean, who wouldn’t want that?? It is a good investment.
5. Join a local networking “meet-up”
Any chance you can have to network, do it! First of all, it’s a great way to practice your pitch without any of the pressure because you will be in among people who actually want to know what you do. Second, networking increases the opportunity for new clients, whether through people you meet directly or through referrals.
6. Hire a virtual assistant.
You will find out very quickly that you simply can’t do it all. A virtual assistant is business support in the literal sense. They can help alleviate some of the load of running a business from admin tasks to web site design to managing your marketing plan and customer service.