So many people in our society seem hell-bent on doing everything themselves. No help needed, thank you very much. Maybe they think it’s more noble to go it alone, they feel like they can’t afford to hire anyone, or they feel weaker when someone else is lending a hand.
I think this is a real shame.
Don’t get me wrong – more and more people are making a solo run at building a business these days, which is fantastic. It’s a wonderful feeling to have creative control over your ventures, and I can’t recommend it enough. But I also had a lot of help with my businesses.
Here are a few reasons to reach out:
- Mo Money = better business. I had partners who invested the funds I needed to make sure I could set my businesses up for success. I might have been able to scrape by, getting enough funds on my own to cover the bare minimum. But that’s never a great way to go into business – you want to make sure you have enough in the bank to cover all expenses, plus extra for unforeseen issues (repairs, etc), with money left over to invest in the growth of your business.
- Great advice = fewer lessons to learn the hard way. I had fantastic advisers to call on, every step of the way, and it has been invaluable. My friends, former teachers, parents, uncles and aunts were always there to lend an ear and offer support or expertise. I’m lucky–I have wonderful relatives and friends who have lots of business experience. If you do too, take advantage! If you don’t, look for a business mentor or a mastermind group. Most people love to share their knowledge, and it makes them feel good to help out.
- Paying professionals = peace of mind. I can’t imagine building my businesses without the services of a professional accountant and lawyer, among others. Again, I could muddle through and learn enough to get by, but I’d be spending time doing tedious work I don’t enjoy, and I’d be stressed out that I’m not doing it properly.
- A great team = more fun, & more time for you. I have so much fun with my staff, and get a lot of satisfaction from investing in their growth. I also feel great knowing they’re taking fabulous care of my store, while I work on new projects I’m passionate about!
Yes, you should be clear about your values, and your desired outcome with your business. These, more than anything else, can guide you to make the right decisions. But there will always be times when someone else can offer you the skills, insight, experience or funds you need. If you let your pride get in the way of accepting help, or you’re afraid to invest money in hiring people, your business will probably suffer.