April 02, 2013 / GROWTH IS OXYGEN
April 02, 2013
One of the benefits of working at a large company is the support network that comes with it. When someone has a problem with their computer, they simply call the IT department. When travel arrangements are needed, they call the travel hotline. When one has a business question, they can usually find someone within the organization who knows the answer. A big challenge faced by us entrepreneurs when starting our own businesses is the lack of resources and people to help with the enormous amount of tasks we have to accomplish. We are building an Ikea table one day, spending hours dealing with computer issues another day, and negotiating with potential investors the next day—all while trying to build our product, attract customers, and manage feedback. The whole startup process can be incredibly overwhelming to manage.
There are various ways to get started in building your support network by using the business community as a resource. First, I recommend all entrepreneurs become familiar with their local entrepreneurial ecosystem. Are there popular networking events that can help build your network? Are there seminars where one can meet seasoned entrepreneurs and experts who might turn into helpful mentors or advisors? Second, I recommend entrepreneurs use technology given how easy and efficient it is to get help online these days.
This is why I started mosaicHUB—an online community and resource center for entrepreneurs, allowing them to quickly connect with the right people to help them accomplish their business goals. We believe in the importance of leveraging the power of the business community. By providing a platform for them to come together, share their knowledge, and locate the right experts and business tools, we will make it easier for entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.
Leverage Your Resources
A critical skill that every entrepreneur needs to master is being resourceful. We need to accomplish a lot with limited resources and tight budgets. A valuable tool we have at our disposal is the business community, which is incredibly open to helping one another. There are an abundant amount of experts, seasoned entrepreneurs, and various business tools available to assist entrepreneurs in creating successful companies. The key to leveraging the business community as a helpful resource for your is business to know where to look.
Spend Your Time Wisely
I have seen so many entrepreneurs reinvent the wheel and spend enormous amounts of valuable time researching products and people. Through mosaicHUB, I was able to help other entrepreneurs quickly and easily connect with the products and people they need, allowing them to spend more of their time building innovative products and services for their communities.
Share What You Know
It doesn’t take much time to share some advice with others, which is not only a way to demonstrate expertise but a way for you to connect with others. And by contributing online, it’s shared with people from around the world, many of whom might not have a strong local business ecosystem. Becoming one of the powerful resources available to other entrepreneurs.
Be Open to Meeting Different People
When building a business you need to surround yourself with people different from yourself. Knowing people with different skills will provide you with a pool of expertise to dip into along your entrepreneurial path.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
We sometimes hesitate to ask for help because we don’t want to be a burden or think we should already know the answer, wasting precious time. Don’t be afraid to just ask for help… what do you have to lose?