Welcome to the world of new entrepreneurs! You’ve made it! Let that sink in for a second… Now think of your next steps. How will you upskill and let this start-up develop into an amazing company?
It’s clear that there are so many things that you will need to do, so many areas of expertise and so many hours spent dedicated to them. We know that this is your baby, but don’t forget the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. At this point, you need to upskill, and for this, you have two options: you can learn to do everything yourself, or you can source people that already have these skills.
However, as much as you desire to upskill yourself, you will never be able to learn everything in a timeframe suitable for the growth pattern of your business. If you still love doing most of the things yourself and you don’t have a big budget, don’t worry. You don’t need to have full-time employees for every little detail, you can just find the right people who can work on a freelance basis.
It is important that the people that you co-op possess the skills required and have an understanding of your vision. As your business will develop, you will start to delegate. Having the right people in the right places, knowing everyone’s strength and explain yourself properly will make that job incredibly easier. Asking for help when you are feeling overwhelmed is an important step in becoming a better leader.
It’s not always going to be easy. There will be moments when you will start losing focus or getting really tired. For all the times when you get stuck, not knowing how to move forward, there is an abundance of tools and services that were created to help you organize your life and business.
1. Professional business coaching. You can get professional coaching designed especially for your start-up and your needs. Most of them offer freebies to give you a taste of the help you might receive, so you could see which suits you best.
2. Self-help books and guides. Hundreds of previous entrepreneurs have written self-help books and guides that will guide you through these early stages.
3. Internet – specialized to-do sites, podcasts, online forums. If at the moment you can’t budget getting paid help, the internet is filled with free pod-casts and forums where thousands of people who have been in your shoes offer their advice on how to best overcome these situations. In the recent years, many websites have surfaced that come to the aid of people who have a to-do list that never seems to end.
You are taking your first baby-steps into running your own business. You are bound to make mistakes, to get stuck and to start losing your vision because let’s face it, it’s not easy. As long as you continue up-skilling and keep a realistic view of your direction, you will have a better control of your business. You will not be able to do everything yourself, letting go of the reins and sharing responsibilities with other qualified people will get the job done faster and better.
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