The life of a solopreneur can be a lonely one. It didn’t take Elizabeth long to come to the conclusion that part of the entrepreneur mindset she needed to acquire had to do with learning to enjoy those long hours spent alone.
If it hadn’t been for her animals, she was certain she would long since have lost her mind. Working daily on her business, about the only time she connected face to face with other people was out shopping or when a client came for an appointment.
Working alone like this did have its advantages, though. No one cared if she spent the day in jeans and a T-shirt, for one thing. And makeup? Unnecessary most of the time. Plus, she could play her own favorite music and not worry about whether others liked it.
But she was beginning to feel out of touch with the world. Sometimes, no matter how hard she worked to think positive thoughts and develop a strong entrepreneur mindset, the isolation became … well … depressing.
If you work alone most of the time, developing your business, you may have experienced similar feelings. Do you agree with Elizabeth that learning to be happy working alone is part of the entrepreneur mindset required for success?
It is. But it’s not the whole story. The other side of the coin is, it doesn’t work to get totally caught up in a nose-to-the-grindstone routine that keeps you out of touch with the community you live in.
Read on for a point of view that can help you achieve a healthy balance:
Don’t Let Fear of Competition Keep You from Getting More Business
The world is full of opportunities for women entrepreneurs to grow a prosperous business. It takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. More often that not, however, success depends on how you react to opportunities that present themselves.
The truth is that success for entrepreneurs depends on whether you see and are open to new opportunities.
A key to making the most of new opportunities is not to restrict your relationships to people inside your industry or field. It’s important to develop relationships outside your field or industry for two reasons:
- It helps you avoid feeling isolated. You could easily be sitting at your computer in your sweat pants all day and not see anyone. So much of business is conducted on the computer, cell phones, text messaging and through social networking. To be healthy as human beings, we need face-to-face contact. We need to be truly immersed in relationships with other people.
- It fuels your creativity. When you connect with a real live person something magical happens. You can learn from each other. That is the fun of it. Women naturally like to support each other. Just getting out of our own shell and being out there is so valuable.
How can you identify an ideal supporter for your business?
Look for someone who’s had similar experiences. Someone who’s faced similar challenges. Someone with whom you can share what you’re going through. Often, that person might have figured out a solution that will work with you and you can share what you’ve found to work so you can support each other.
What often keeps many entrepreneurs from fully opening up to others is fear. The fear is manifest in thinking: “I don’t want to share all I’m doing with her. She’s in a different business. It’s competitive. She’ll take my customers.” It’s not good to have that philosophy because you’re missing out on a more abundant mindset.
You’re going to find that your business isn’t right for everyone. Rather than just turning someone away, it’s so much better if you can refer them to someone that can help them.
It creates a good impression that you did something to help them. They, in turn, will refer others back to you. That’s the beauty of it. It’s kind of a pay-it-forward thing. It comes back in a good way. It makes business a lot more fun which is actually very important in the long run.
One of the 7 Deadly Sins that Women in Business Make is not having your antennae up at all times. The result is you aren’t making the most of opportunities that come you way. If you’d like to find out what the other 6 sins you might be making are and how to avoid all 7 of these costly mistakes, check it out here.
This article, titled ‘Don’t Let Fear of Competition Keep You from Getting More Business’, was posted by Kim Deyoung on Monday, June 27th, 2011, on the Metromom Blog. It is every bit as timely today as it was then. Photo is from that article, altered to include our dog, Precious.
If you’re a pet lover, you have a leg up on making connections with people with whom you have something in common that you both love to talk about. Pet lovers are notorious for bonding around their animals. This is the main reason it’s such a good idea to let your animal lover side shine, even – I would say especially – in business-related encounters. It’s just good entrepreneurial mindset!
It has worked for Elizabeth. One day she had to take her dog to the vet, and on the way home she stopped to drop something off at a friend’s office. The dog immediately became the center of the conversation. He was just too cute not to take next door and show him off, her friend said.
As it turned out, the people in the law office next door were all pet lovers. In the ensuing conversation Elizabeth shared about her business with the attorney, and that very week he signed on as a new coaching client!
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To your success in finding supporters for your business,
Chiwah Carol Slater
Founder, PetWrites.com, WriteYourWayToProsperity.com, WordWeaver4U.com
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Precious makes friends fast! She is so at home with people. How do you think your pet might help you achieve a stronger entrepreneur mindset and boost your rapport with prospects and clients? Share your ideas in a comment below!