One of the challenges of building a solo business is how much time it takes to get things done. Even when you're hyper-productive and focused, there's only so much any one person can do. So if you want to speed things up -- or just make sure you keep on track -- you'll need to incorporate one essential component into your plans: support.
As the saying goes, we "get by with a little help ..." So here are 3 kinds of support you'll need to accelerate your business this year:
Coaching or strategic support
Creating a new program or offer, shifting direction, or climbing to the next level in your business requires a certain kind of focus. And it's easy to get tripped up on where to start and how to create the most impact with your effort. This is when strategic support will be essential.
A coach or strategist can help you look at the outcomes you want and define what your next steps need to be. They can also help you address personal blocks and external barriers that could potentially derail your progress.
You don't necessarily have to pay to get coaching or strategic support. But if you want to accelerate your plans -- and you're not interested in wasting time or losing momentum -- working with a pro, who has a proven track record of helping people get the results they want, is the way to go.
Once you've nailed down where to start with making your plans happen this year, it's important to also look at where your energy and focus needs to be in order to reach your goals. That means taking an honest look at the work that's involved and seeing where you're going to be most effective -- and where you might be the bottleneck in your progress.
Let's say, for example, that you're developing a video series to coincide with the launch of your new high-level service. You may be terrific at making the content plan and setting up the videos for shooting, but not so great at editing and packaging them. You could drudge through the editing and packaging work -- taking precious time and energy away from other important tasks that need to be done for your launch. Or you could outsource the production to someone who's far more capable (and faster) and focus your efforts on what you're good at.
Accountability, mentoring + moral support
You've probably heard the saying before: being in business for yourself doesn't mean you have to figure everything out by yourself. There are so many opportunities for entrepreneurs to get advice, ideas and support for growing their business -- both locally and online. There are niche communities for just about any industry, interest and specialty. And there are countless ways that you can connect with other entrepreneurs for insights, rather than just scouring sites like Entrepreneur and Forbes, hoping that you'll magically get the answers you need.
>> See my recommendations for amazing online communities for solopreneurs.
Over to you ...
Think of one thing that you want to accomplish by the end of the year. Identify at least one kind of support that you know will help you accelerate your plans, and then ask for it. Remember, closed mouths don't get fed.
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