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April 3, 2023
Tips for Building a Globalized Team of Productive Freelancers
- From guest blogger Betty Vaughn, Freelance Writer - Nine-to-Thrive email@example.com
Freelancers can be a valuable asset for your business, taking care of niche tasks and filling in skills gaps. Hiring freelancers can also be cost-effective and allows you to hire talented professionals remotely from all over the world. That said, if you have a globalized freelance team, coordinating them can be a challenge. Read on to find out how you can build a happy, well-functioning team, and for some tips to streamline collaboration.
Set up the administrative components needed to hire and pay freelancers
Before you start hiring, form a legal business entity, like a limited liability company (LLC). This offers tax advantages and can minimize paperwork. Make sure to check your state's regulations for LLC formation before proceeding. Once your company is set up, you can look into ways to pay freelancers, like PayPal and Payoneer.
Know where to look for freelancers
There are many job platforms where you can scout out freelance talent. Themeisle offers a roundup of options, including FlexJobs, Fiverr, Upwork, and People Per Hour. Make sure that you're picking a platform that fits your specific needs. For example, TaskRabbit is for manual labor, while Dribble is for design jobs.
Decide how you'll maintain contact with your freelance team
Communication is critical when you have workers all over the world. Determine what formats you'll use to keep in touch. Examples include email, Slack, and Zoom. Choosing one or two primary forms of communication helps cut down on needless messages, saving everyone involved time and frustration. Also, decide how often you'll communicate. For example, you might schedule a weekly team meeting.
Try these hacks to make freelance teams more efficient
Another hurdle freelance teams often face is efficiency. When people are distributed across locations and time zones, moving ahead with projects can be tough. One way to minimize bottlenecks is to streamline your document management. For example, if multiple people and teams are dealing with the same documents, convert them all to PDF format. You can then merge multiple PDFs into a single file, keeping everything you need in one place.
Invest in tools to streamline collaboration
A PDF merging tool isn't the only piece of technology that can simplify your freelance collaboration. Another worthwhile investment is a project management tool like Trello, which lets you track deadlines and assignments. At a glance, you can see who is responsible for what, and when they need to pay it. Other possibilities include BaseCamp, RedBooth, and Asana. Many project management tools also have an integrated chat function.
Make sure to give freelancers a thorough onboarding
Get your freelance relationship off on the right foot with a comprehensive onboarding program. Start by taking care of administrative and financial details like getting their contracts signed and payment information set up. Next, address practical logistics, like ensuring they have the tools they need to get their job done. Finally, deal with social onboarding by introducing them to the team.
Invest in a project management platform
A project management platform has substantial professional appeal if you’re managing a team of freelancers. The right project management platform gives you real-time project visibility so you can track tasks and identify bottlenecks that could be interfering with your team’s productivity.
Take steps to ensure freelancers feel connected
One of the drawbacks of having a far-flung freelance team is that your workers may feel disconnected from one another. This can make them less engaged and satisfied at work. To minimize this risk, find ways for everyone to connect from afar. Hoppier offers tips for connecting with remote teams, such as planning a virtual happy hour, complete with drinks and snacks. Other options range from virtual book clubs to trivia nights.
Hiring freelancers can benefit your business in many ways, allowing you to work with talented professionals while saving money. However, it's important to take steps to ensure your freelance team is well-integrated, like setting up an LLC, investing in a project management platform, and deciding on communication tools in advance.
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February 15, 2023
Building Your Business? Start With the Basics
- From guest blogger Gloria Martinez, Owner - WomenLed.org firstname.lastname@example.org
Building a new company is both challenging and exciting. You look forward to all the possibilities, yet you also face many demands. No matter your company size or industry, you can benefit from implementing a few best practices as your business gets off the ground. These strategies presented by The Open Door Group are a great starting point.
It's hard to overstate the importance of good communication. It affects every aspect of your business. Strong communication skills are imperative, whether sending an email, collaborating with employees, negotiating with a vendor, or speaking to a customer.
Active listening is part of communicating effectively. It requires you to be fully present in the conversation and pick up on verbal and nonverbal cues. When the other party finishes speaking, paraphrase what they said to check for understanding. Withhold judgment and advice while you're actively listening.
Frequent communication is also critical in the workplace. Check in with your employees regularly — monthly one-on-one meetings are an excellent way to achieve this goal. Encourage employees to share their ideas and concerns — your active listening skills can motivate them.
Clearly outline your expectations with vendors and give them time to answer your questions. Address any problems right away; don't let them linger. Build trust through transparency, sharing your goals and asking for advice.
Choose a Business Structure
When starting a new business, choosing the right business structure is essential for laying the foundation for success. If you’re contemplating S corp vs C corp, the main difference between these two types of corporations is how they are taxed. An S corp is a pass-through entity, meaning that its profits and losses "flow through" to the owners' personal tax returns. A C corporation, by contrast, pays taxes on its profits and then distributes any remaining earnings to the shareholders. This can make an S corp more attractive for small businesses, as it allows them to keep their earnings without having to pay additional taxes later on. However, depending on your specific needs and situation, there may be other aspects to consider when choosing between these two structures.
One of the biggest challenges in starting a new business is finding the necessary funding to cover the costs of getting your venture up and running. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you secure the funds you need. For example, one useful strategy is to check your credit report for any errors that could interfere with your ability to borrow money. Additionally, networking with local experts and seeking out financial mentors can be extremely helpful when looking for funding. Another effective method for securing funding is to apply for grants or contest prizes offered by nonprofit organizations or small businesses in your field.
Develop a Social Media Strategy
It's easy to see the power of social media for businesses. Research shows that 90% of consumers have connected with brands through social media platforms. With customers’ attention focused there, your social media presence is crucial.
When you devise your social media strategy, consider these points:
How do you want to present yourself to customers? Does the tone and delivery of your message fit your brand?
What's the best strategy for promoting your brand?
How much time should you allocate to your social media promotions weekly?
Also, memes are a popular way to share information and ideas on social media. They can be used to raise awareness about your business, to promote your products or services, or simply to generate some good old-fashioned online buzz. And the best part is you don't need to be a graphic designer to create memes that will get noticed. You can use online generators and just make your own memes, allowing you to incorporate your own elements (and even your logo). So if you're looking for a fun and effective way to market your business, consider using memes. With a little creativity, you can reach new customers and increase your bottom line.
Hire a Business Attorney
Building a business is hard work, but you don't have to do it alone. Hiring professionals to take care of specialized tasks can ease your burden and save you time. A skilled business and corporate attorney can handle business contracts, business transactions, entity formations, corporate governance, and more so you can focus your attention and time on running your business.
Ensure Data Security
Companies of all sizes are susceptible to security threats, and reports indicate that cyber crimes cost businesses $2.9 million every minute. Your company needs a data security plan. A few steps to get started include:
Identifying the digital assets that require protection.
Determining your risks: internal theft, technical failure, natural disaster, etc.
Establishing security procedures: use strong passwords, grant access on a need-to-know basis, etc.
Using firewalls and anti-malware tools.
Creating a data backup strategy.
Locking up mobile devices when not in use.
Securing your Wi-Fi networks with passwords and encryption.
If you have your customers' information on file, your data security plan also protects them. Your security plan should outline how to inform them if you experience a security breach.
Focus on Successful Strategies
When you begin to feel overwhelmed with the processes involved with starting your own business, return to these core strategies. Choose a business structure, find funding, generate interest on social media using memes, keep your customers and your business information safe through cybersecurity measures, and use best practices to ensure your communication with vendors, freelancers, and customers is both kind and clear. As long as you remain focused on these practices, you will be in a good position for success.
October 7, 2022
How to Take Your Business to the Next Level
- From guest blogger Dean Burgess, Freelance Writer - email@example.com
The most successful businesses don't stop after achieving their sales targets. They look for more ways to improve by hiring the best people, offering innovative products, or improving their business processes. Read on for tips to generate more profits and grow your business.
Eliminate “Business As Usual” Problems
This is probably the least costly and most effective way to dramatically improve your business. Implementing a program of using effective communication tools to drive better employee engagement, retention, productivity, and profitability based on the best selling book It’s Not That Hard. Just Do This. can transform how your business operates. Here are just some of the ‘business as usual” problems that typically plague businesses that suck money from the bottom line: daily fire drills, work frequently redone, project delays, turf wars, goals not consistently met, frequent changes of direction, finger-pointing, unfulfilled promises, and priorities without action. There are lots more. Don’t succumb to believing these are “business as usual” items and can’t be fixed. They can. The Open Door Group specializes in helping with the fixes.
Enhance Your Marketing Strategy
How are you marketing your products or services? If your strategies aren't bringing in a lot of revenue, consider revamping them. Set a 12-month strategy and measure your success to determine which advertising strategy brings in more money. When crafting and implementing a new strategy, align it with your goals and keep your target audience in mind.
Do you want to profit more from your products or services? You can expand your market for an existing product line through diversification. You can also do a launch in test markets first to help you determine if the customer accepts the new product. Some of the strategies you can use include product extensions, resizing, and repackaging the product.
Use Data Analytics
Data analytics is the science of gathering and analyzing raw data to help improve performance. The first step is to decide on key metrics first and choose the correct tools to help you better measure your metric performance. Make sure you know the data requirements, how to collect the data, and how to organize them so that you can analyze them effectively and efficiently.
Get More Customers With a Sales Funnel
Understanding each sales funnel stage can help you acquire more paying customers. Create awareness for your product and highlight the benefits to catch a prospect's attention. Make your best offer when they're ready to purchase — and make this offer irresistible so they can't say no. After sales, always thank your customers and ask for feedback to encourage them to buy more.
If you've already developed a proven system, why not expand your business through franchising? You can acquire more funds to help grow your business with franchising. So long as there's demand for your product, you may be able to expand outside of Seattle, WA, and even internationally. You can succeed so long as you have a proven format to help ensure the profit of your franchisees.
Use Process Mining
Process mining is a discipline used for evaluating and improving business processes. It utilizes data and transforms it into an event log to help you understand, monitor, and improve how things are done. This strategy can improve productivity and efficiency, generate revenue, and effectively help you manage risk. You can start process mining by mapping out a timeline and identifying sources and key stakeholders.
Take a Second Course or a Master's Degree
If you want to widen and sharpen your knowledge and skills, consider getting your master's degree or earning a degree in human resources. It'll let you become more effective in finding top talents, managing team members, and knowing how to set company policies and employee benefits.
If your focus is on technology, you might want to look into a tech degree or certification. CompTIA, for instance, has plenty of essential applications that might benefit your business, so it can be worth pursuing this as a certification. And CompTIA certifications are stackable, too, so you can add to it as you move forward.
What Are You Doing to Grow Your Business?
The tips above are great ideas for moving your business forward. However, only action will make them reality. Take that action. Don’t try to do them all at once. Prioritize and allocate your time in alignment with those priorities. But, take action. Contact The Open Door Group if you’d like some expert help with getting things done.
September 5, 2022
Guiding Your Startup Through Sudden Growth
- From guest blogger Derek Goodman of Inbizability
While it's always good to plan for failure, unexpected success can bring its own host of stressors. It's therefore vital to know which methods will guarantee your business' continued triumphs rather than overwhelming you and stretching your resources too thin.
Identifying the Type of Expansion
A manageable and intentional form of business growth is simply expanding your operating territory. If you realize you have the resources to expand your market, an online store can invite customers from all over the country or world to try your services. Establishing an active and approachable social media presence will encourage people who've heard of you through word of mouth to give you a try next time they need something that you're offering.
If the opposite is true, and your foot traffic and demand are outpacing your abilities, expanding to a larger location or opening up a second one might be the solution. This can be as small scale as moving an artist workshop from your dining room to your garage and as massive as turning your single brick-and-mortar store into a franchise.
Depending on the age of your business, you may not have even been sufficiently organized before the success and growth began. While considering your business's other needs, also research whether you'd benefit from organizing as a Limited Liability Company. An LLC protects your personal assets from debts and charges the company itself may incur, meaning you only stand to lose whatever money you intentionally invest into the venture. If forming an LLC yourself is too difficult, formation services can be used to incorporate your business without the need to shell out hefty lawyer fees.
Showing Your Customers That You Care
Growing your customer base is an important part of the expansion, and it can be accomplished with some less obvious marketing strategies. For instance, a freelance lead generator can track down potential clients and advertise to them directly with cold calls, online targeted ads, and direct emails. The responses they get will provide insights into the demographics your company appeals to and which marketing strategies are most effective for them. Start your search in online job boards to get in touch with a number of lead gen companies.
Once you've pulled in a larger clientele, there are a few steps you can take to retain them. Loyalty programs such as discounts for members of the store's program or coupons sent to the emails customers allow you to put on file are a great way to keep the value of your services fresh in the minds of your patrons. Community events like picnics, charity drives, and hyped-up sales events with proceeds going to charity can improve your public image while showing your customers that you're an active and compassionate part of the local environment.
As your project gets busier, you should automate as many functions as possible. Generating a reusable invoice template is a great way to streamline your billing processes while also keeping your financial records up to date and organized. In addition to the efficiency and air of professionalism this practice yields, having an eye-catching letterhead with a well-designed logo will help spread brand recognition for your venture using something as simple as a receipt.
While all businesses want to be successful, managing that victory can be as stressful as a failure. Consider what needs your business is no longer able to satisfy will direct you toward which steps will support your continued growth, and speak to a professional such as those at The Open Door Group when you're uncertain about your next move.
July 14, 2022
A Guide to Self-Care for the Busy Entrepreneur
- From guest blogger Derek Goodman of Inbizability
Entrepreneurs are known for being overworked, especially as they establish their businesses. Though you may have a lot going on, research shows that certain self-care activities are linked to a longer life. Here are a few tips from The Open Door Group to help you carve out a bit of time to do the things that bring you joy.
Spend Time Wisely
If you are stretching yourself thin trying to accomplish everything on your own, it may be a good time to start outsourcing certain tasks. For example, you can utilize outside marketing services if you want to reach a new customer base. Rather than using an in-house team, you can hire a company or freelancer to take care of marketing for your business on an as-needed basis. Other services to consider utilizing include web design assistance and accounting help. The Open Door Group calls this True Prioritization—focusing most of your efforts on your identified 2-3 things that will have the most impact on your goals.
Stay in Shape
Engaging regularly in moderate physical activity helps to elevate people's level of overall satisfaction with their lives. If you are a workout novice, get started slowly. Even walking for 30 minutes a day can have huge health impacts. Those benefits include weight maintenance, improved cardiovascular function, and augmented blood pressure.
If you were a regular at your local gym before becoming inundated with work as a business owner, arrange your schedule so that you can get back to exercising. Whether you work out at a gym or at home, you will reap the rewards of even a short session. Try waking up earlier to squeeze in an early morning run or pack your gym clothes and go for a lunchtime workout. Keeping your body healthy can help entrepreneurs stay focused and feel good enough to maintain their hectic lifestyles.
Take Care of Your Mental Well-Being
In addition to maintaining your physical health, it is also wise to take care of your mental well-being. Some physical activities, such as walking and yoga, can help you calm your mind and work your body simultaneously. However, if you feel that talking to someone is the best option for handling your mental well-being, there are many options you can explore. In addition to contacting someone locally, you should also look up information about online counseling. Not only can these services provide you with therapy and medication (if needed), but they can also help you save money — online visits are often more affordable than in-person appointments.
Many business owners take on too much. If you have more on your plate than you can handle, begin delegating some of your work to others. The employees you should hire first depend on the type of company you run. Some options that could work for many businesses include an assistant, accountant, or sales consultant. Here again, True Prioritization comes into play, if you work that concept. It is okay to let things fall off your plate, so long as those things are not your true priorities. Later, you can always pick up those things that did fall off, but you haven’t really lost anything because you got your true priorities completed. With delegating, things don’t fall all the way to the floor, but can be worked in the background by others until they make their way to the top of the list.
Find New Ways to Generate Interest
If finding more customers has been proving difficult, seek new ways to generate interest. Many SBOs have realized the benefits of starting YouTube and TikTok channels. This offers a way for you to stay engaged and to show off new products or services. If you regularly post on your channel, add a banner to highlight your latest episodes to make the post stand out.
Make Your Business Financially Sound
Financial worries are a leading cause of stress, and businesspeople experience these concerns as well. If you have been struggling to fund your company's operations, grants may be able to assist with getting your finances back on track. Finding a grant that will work for your needs can be challenging, so it is important to be mindful of the process. Get started by creating a business plan, researching availability, searching grants earmarked for your industry, and preparing a solid grant application. You should also examine your business structure.
Though running a business is no easy task, creating a healthy balance between your work life and personal life is possible. In addition to looking after your mental well-being, try carving out a few minutes to engage in activities that bring you joy on a regular basis and build your self-care regiment from there.
The Open Door Group can help you identify the problems that are slowly eating away at your business — and your profits. To learn more about what we can do for you, please give us a call at 206-973-6586 or send an email to contact@TheOpenDoorGroup.com.
July 12, 2022
A Striving Entrepreneur's Guide to Choosing a Fitting Business Model
- From guest blogger Dean Burgess, Freelance Writer - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you've always dreamed of becoming your own boss, entrepreneurship is a logical step. The question is, what kind of business should you start? There are many possibilities to choose from, which can be great—but also make it a tough decision! The key to success is taking a strategic approach, so you can choose the right model for your passions and skills. This will ensure you choose a business type that matches your personal strengths. This guide provides some steps to help you find a fitting business model.
Consider your skills and experience
Ideally, you will choose a business that allows you to make the most of the skills you already have. This could include soft skills like writing and communications or hard skills, like preparing budget statements or creating social media campaigns. Monster has a self-skills assessment guide you can use to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. Another way to assess yourself honestly is by surveying other people. Ask for honest feedback using open-ended questions instead of yes/no questions to get the best results.
Assess your credentials
When deciding what business to start, your skills are just one consideration. You also want to consider your credentials. If you already have certain educational degrees, like a bachelor's, think about how you might leverage them. You also might discover that you could further your credentials—for example, by getting an MBA. This can be a savvy move if you aren't sure what entrepreneurial path to follow yet. Online programs make it easy to get a degree while you continue working and maintaining social and family obligations. Plus, it's generally more affordable. Make sure any online program you explore is fully accredited.
Tally up your time and resources
Resources are another point to consider when brainstorming business options. For example, if you dream of starting an ecommerce store, you'll need storage space to keep inventory. If you have an unused garage or space in your home, this is an untapped resource you can readily access. This list of common small business startup costs from Oracle NetSuite can help give you a sense of the types of resources you may need as an entrepreneur. Examples range from licenses and permits to equipment and supplies.
Educate yourself about the start-up process
Starting a business will require some admin. For instance, you should legally register your business entity. When picking a business structure, a Limited Liability Company (LLC) is probably the most commonly used for small businesses. An S-corporation or S-corp is another option. Both protect your liability, offer pass-through taxation, and are easy to transfer ownership of. Plus, it makes your business look more reputable and reliable. You can minimize attorney's fees by filing yourself or using a business formation service. The Small Business Administration (SBA) may be able to help you with this, also, but with the right online research you can do it yourself. According to Business News Daily, other startup steps include opening a business bank account, writing a business plan, and raising capital.
Don't be afraid to ask for help
Many basic startup tasks can be outsourced. For example, pros like accountants and administrative assistants can help you keep running smoothly. Meanwhile, web and graphic designers can help with creating websites and other marketing materials. If you're communicating with a graphic designer, sending them business photos or visuals to use can be helpful. For larger PDF files with lots of pics, use a free PDF editor tool to add notes, highlight key points, add drawings, and more. You can then collaborate directly on the PDF instead of sending emails back and forth.
Becoming a business owner is an exciting step. However, it can also be nerve-wracking. Follow the tips above to make sure you're starting a business that meshes with your personal skills and passions. This will set you up for success.
June 15, 2022
5 Out-of-the-Box Digital Innovation Tips for Entrepreneurs
- From guest blogger Dean Burgess, Freelance Writer - email@example.com
Today, businesses cannot compete without leveraging digital technology. Maybe you’ve been hesitant to adopt certain forms of tech because you’re worried about the cost or complexity, but you might be sacrificing potential gains for your business. If you’re concerned that your company is losing out on profits, working with The Open Door Group can help you establish a sustainable cash flow. In the meantime, these digital solutions might be a good fit for your business!
Maybe you began tracking your company’s budget on pencil and paper when you initially launched your business and your cash flow was low. Or perhaps you’ve been using a free accounting software demo with limited features because you weren’t sure whether the premium version was worth the investment.
But if you truly want to grow your business beyond what you’ve achieved so far, you’ll need appropriate accounting software. Cloud accounting software can be a convenient, flexible option! With this type of accounting software, you can quickly and easily send customers electronic invoices, enabling on-time payments. Plus, you can store all of your receipts and invoices in an organized fashion, which simplifies compliance and filing for tax deductions.
Leverage Business Process Management
You might not be familiar with the principles of business process management, but this framework can truly revolutionize your business. Business process management & intelligent automation can streamline processes that used to take up a significant amount of time. By explaining the perks to your employees, you’ll be able to achieve team buy-in!
Naturally, developing an accurate BPM framework is key. As you start implementing process improvements, you’ll need to monitor your model to ensure that you’re getting the results you wanted. You can take action to improve the input and output if you notice issues.
Employee Engagement Tools
You appreciate your team and all that they do - but you feel like your internal culture lacks employee engagement. How can you help your team become closer and encourage your employees to share their ideas more often? The right software can help. Centrical recommends seeking out employee engagement software that enables performance monitoring, rewards goal achievements, and surveying your staff.
Time Management System
Improving your team’s time management can be a tricky task for business owners. You want to give your employees the independence and autonomy that they deserve, but you also want to ensure that your team is not wasting significant amounts of time and getting distracted during the workday. With time tracking software, you can keep an eye on your employees’ productivity.
Remote Onboarding and Training
Are you about to start bringing remote team members on board at your company? If so, you’ll need a remote onboarding system, as well as a training program that they can complete virtually.
While your human resources department might already have a basic remote onboarding pathway set up, choosing a learning management system can take more time. Omniplex Learning recommends picking a system that can scale as you add more employees. You’ll also want to look for a program that automates lots of key administrative tasks, which will help you save time. Finally, make sure the system you choose is user-friendly for your new and existing employees - otherwise, you might get bogged down by the need to provide additional support for confused team members.
You might be worried that you’re just not tech-savvy enough to implement or benefit from digital innovation within your business. But you don’t need to be an IT expert in order to reap the advantages of digital innovation. By testing out some of these basic suggestions, you’ll be able to break down barriers to business growth.
Worried that your company is losing profits? Find the solution with The Open Door Group. Schedule a free consultation through the calendar on our website today.
May 5, 2022
Is Now the Time to Hire That Business Coach? Keep Reading to Find Out!
- From guest blogger Dean Burgess, Freelance Writer - firstname.lastname@example.org
You don’t have to be an entrepreneur for long before people start asking, “Are you working with a coach?” Truly, hiring a business coach is one of the best decisions some business owners make. At its core, coaching means unlocking someone’s potential so they perform at full capacity and get the most from their endeavors. Here's some practical insight to help you identify when hiring a business coach is the right move!
You Need a Plan
If you don’t see a clear path forward for your business, you could likely benefit from working with a business coach. Maybe your company’s direction has shifted several times in the last few months or years, or perhaps you no longer know what your leadership role entails. Maybe you have not written down clearly defined plans or priorities or don’t know how to organize your daily tasks.
The truth is, you are responsible all parts of your company, and business owners are often expected to be adept at a wide range of tasks. But, it can be challenging to fulfill your role without a clear plan for how to proceed. Not only do you need to understand your role, but you also need to effectively delegate responsibilities to your team members and help everyone stay on the same page toward your business goals.
If you have yet to write an official business plan, that should be a top priority and a coach can help you do it. A good business plan will thoroughly describe your company and include any relevant details about who you will target your sales and marketing toward and how you will sell your products or services, structure the company, and reach your financial goals. If you are in the process of launching a startup, look to online resources to learn how to set up a new company.
You Can’t Take on Anymore
You’ve been sleeping in the office occasionally and can’t remember the last time you took a vacation. If this describes your situation, you are probably overwhelmed and need to hire a business coach. Business ownership can leave you emotionally drained and stressed out. If you fail to establish boundaries, you will eventually burn out.
Take time to analyze your weekly to-do list to determine which tasks do and do not help move your company in the right direction. If a particular project or job that you are responsible for does not get you closer to an overarching business goal, then it should not be consuming a lot of your time and energy. Time is money, which means that every minute you spend should be productive, whether in your work or personal life.
If there is no one to turn to in your company for help, keeping in mind that everyone in the company owes their job to you and may not be the most objective source, hire a coach to help you strategize and escape the state of being constantly overwhelmed. Coaches are able to provide a truly objective perspective and show you how to effectively perform and delegate individual tasks so that your company and your work-life balance benefit.
You Need to Be Accountable
Maybe you have written down all of your goals and the strategies to get you there, but you simply are not achieving those goals. If that’s the case, you could use some accountability from outside of your company.
A good coach can come in and help you determine which goals are and are not realistic and help you develop methods for achieving them. They will also stay in contact with you regularly to help you monitor your progress, applying a healthy pressure to help you stay on task and hit your milestones.
By the way, accountability is also an essential characteristic of your personal life. A coach can help ensure you are distributing the appropriate amount of time and energy across all aspects of your life. Some entrepreneurs ask friends or family members to hold them accountable for their professional and business goals. While this works for some, the people closest to you may not know how precisely to keep you accountable. Asking you to do so can negatively impact the relationship.
Business coaches know that accountability is part of the job. They won’t think twice about calling you out for mistakes or providing the necessary fire for you to make critical decisions. A good coach will keep you from making poor excuses and come up with strategies that have proven to help others in the industry succeed.
You Want More Skills
Being a business owner means that you need a broad skill set because you will be responsible for many different tasks. No matter how talented or skilled you are, there is always room for improvement. Whether you lack confidence in your leadership skills or are generally seen as an expert business owner, chances are there are new skills for you to discover.
Besides the typical leadership skills, you may need to cultivate skills in money management, marketing, mechanical operations, or any number of other specialties within your company. The more skills you possess, the more effectively you can lead and the quicker you can step in when your team needs help with a project.
The key is to find a business coach who can help you develop the specific skills you are after. If you need to improve your soft skills, look for a coach with experience in that area. If you need to brush up on the financial side of things, find a coach with experience in finances.
Finding the Right Business Coach
Finding a good business coach is just as important as recognizing that you need a coach. But, most of the time, a simple web search is not enough to connect with the perfect coach. You must consider many factors and potentially speak with many candidates if you are to find a coach that can mesh with your personality and provide the services you need.
As you look for a coach, analyze each candidate's expertise, such as their background, skills, and knowledge. Also, make sure any coach you are considering hiring has the experience that aligns with the issues you are trying to address.
Furthermore, what kind of connections does the coach offer? The best coaches work with a network of professionals who they can connect you with to solve any problems the coach themselves cannot solve.
You will also need a coach with a good attitude. After all, business situations can be extremely stressful. The last thing you need is for an impatient and irritable coach to make matters worse. Once you think you have found the right coach, make sure their availability and expectations will meet your needs.
Business ownership is one of the hardest career paths you can take, but it also happens to be among the most fulfilling. With that said, you shouldn’t expect yourself to get through the challenges all by yourself.
Working with a business coach could do wonders for relieving your stress, helping you make critical business decisions, and helping you develop a work-life balance. If your professional and personal life needs guidance, start looking for a coach today!