by James Himm Mitchell, M. A.,
LifePlan Coaching & Consulting
Last month, I shared the first 5 tips for building your support network. This month, I'm going to share 5 more tips for create the support you might need for running your business.
1. Motivation and Inspiration
What inspires you or pushes you to keep working, even when things get tough? For example, thinking of your family's future may be a greater motivation for you than the idea of making a great deal of money. Try to identify what motivates or inspires you. Post these in words and/or pictures somewhere visible so that it’s like your own visual support. You can turn to them when your motivation is in trouble.
2. Tech Support
A much more tangible area where you need support is on the technological side of things. It's good to have a friend or associate who is particularly tech savvy and can help you out when needed. They can help you do things like make minor changes to your website that are no-brainers for the tech-savvy but can really trouble the rest of us.
3. Back-up Plan for Disaster Relief
You should have a system for backing up everything and a plan for what to do if disaster strikes. Many businesses go to great lengths considering how marketing trends or consumer demand can affect their business, but they forget about hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and floods. Just knowing your business can continue immediately in another location at a moment’s notice can support your peace of mind.
4. Your Biggest Fans
Some of your best support will come from your fans, followers and customers. When you have an especially good relationship with a particular reader or customer, nurture this relationship and garner support from it. These individuals are a great help when you wonder whether your efforts to deliver value are paying off or not.
5. Getting Started Again
Finally, identify some sources of support just in case your business blows up and you have to start all over again. It's something we all hope won't happen, but if you're prepared and it does, it'll be much easier to rebuild. Identify people in your network who can help you rebuild your business in a this type of scenario. You could even keep a file of their emails separate from everyone else’s.
You can never have too much support when you start off on the journey of running your own business, or for any entrepreneur. Identify those that offer this support and keep them near you for when you need them.