Starting a startup business is a heavy mix of excitement, anticipation, hard work, and stress. There is so much to do that you can give yourself whiplash trying to take it in all at once. Developing a startup business requires time, organization, and last but certainly not least, a little help. There are several sources of support for those setting out on their own in the new business frontier:
Friends and Family First
We tend to think of the people in our personal lives in the context of how we spend our free time with them. Backyard barbecues, watching the game together, grabbing a bite to eat. It’s easy to forget that whoever is flipping the hamburgers is a project manager. The person who cheered alongside you is a graphic designer. The one you went for sushi with is an engineer. You are surrounded by experts and up-and-comers in a variety of industries who could help with your startup venture.
Learn from History and Think Long Term with Mentors and Startup Business Coaches
A mentor can offer a wealth of experience, guidance, and motivation. The most sought after mentors can be, understandably, difficult to access. But someone doesn’t have to be the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation to have the three critical ingredients that make a valuable mentor: proven business acumen, a love for teaching, and a passion for what you do. These relationships tend to be long-term and high commitment, so treat it like you would a marriage. Be absolutely sure this is someone you could see yourself working with for the rest of your life before you go into business together.
Fast Help for Critical Projects with Contractors:
Sometimes you need skill and ability more than experience. A graphic designer fresh out of college doesn’t have the kind of great life lessons a mentor can provide. However, they could have the skills you need at the right price for an immediate project. Hiring contractors is a fantastic way to get high-quality help, fast. When you start up your own business, you and your team are going to have to wear many hats. Contracting outside help frees you to focus on your current tasks. Contractors bring considerable expertise into play as well. This is especially important when you don’t have someone on your team yet for a critical task, such as the design of your homepage.
Stay Focused: Small Improvements Add Up
That spread-thin-feeling happens to everyone when they start their own startup business. Don’t make the classic, oft-repeated mistake of trying to get everything done all at once. Focus on one thing at a time. The Japanese have a business model based on the philosophy of kaizen, where progress is made from the building blocks of small improvements. Spend some time familiarizing yourself with kaizen so you can apply it to your leadership style at work.
No matter how stressful starting your own business may become, never forget that you stepped up to this challenge for a reason. You are incredibly passionate about what you do and how you do it, so much so that other people are starting to follow you, one by one. Keep that passion in front of you at all times as a constant reminder of why you began your journey.
Stemside is well connected and knowledgeable of contractors and mentors in the marketing industry, and we would be delighted to assist you in finding people with the experience and skills you need who share your passion. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you gather the help you need in your startup endeavors.