As a solopreneur you work FOR yourself, never BY yourself. That’s an important distinction in a healthy business mindset. Solopreneurs need networks and support.
Times when my productivity soars tend to coincide with collaboration with like minds within active networks. Without that inspiration and think tank of forward thinking, our thoughts and activity can become stagnant and not as productive.
Make collaboration with others a priority, not just in your daily tasks but also when setting goals. What networks and sources of support will you embrace?
The internet changes at lightspeed, and so we all need support in keeping up with the avalanche of constant change.
1) Will you do all of your own copywriting? Or will you sometimes seek the help of a talented copywriter? Will you create all of your own content or will you rely on quality sources for various types of PLR content?
2) Do you work regularly with a mastermind group or accountibility partner? Even the most successful business owners once had mentors. When asked about keys to their success, most will stress the importance of masterminds and supportive tribes and business networks.
3) Who will you rely on for internet marketing coaching and training, tech support and social media? No one can do it all nor be an expert at each piece of the puzzle.
Trying to do it all alone in a small business will certainly impede progress, if not result in total failure. Find ways to outsource some of the workload in order to focus on your own strengths.
Consider this comment from Marisa Goudy about why business collaboration is so crucial:
“No entrepreneur truly works alone. Solopreneurship is not a word that applies when we are so connected via social media. Collaboration is a priority.”
Note: Consider the primary difference between a solopreneur and an entrepreneur – primarily that is about who is on the payroll. An entrepreneur has employees, while a solopreneur does not. A solopreneur certainly might hire out specific tasks now and then, but does not have to pay employees on a regular basis.
Support teams are not the same as employees or even business partners. Sooner or later you WILL need support to get through some rough spot in business. Know who to call ahead of time. You might even find someone who will work on a barter system for traded support tasks.
I belong to several groups, but my favorites online include B School and CFM (Chris Farrell Membership). I can get online and post a support request at any time and usually have responses within an hour.
Bloggers also can benefit greatly from collaboration with other bloggers. Of those I’ve participated in, I particularly value the Ultimate Blog Challenge, a 30 day blog boost held four times each year.
Look for local small business groups on meetup.com for collaboration. Most any city anywhere in the world will have such groups who meet regularly and this can be a powerful source of business support for solopreneurs.
Who are your favorite sources of small business support and collaboration?
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