Many entrepreneurs go into business for themselves because they want to do their own thing, their own way. This “do-it yourself” mindset can be an asset as well as a liability. There are many facets to running a business and while most entrepreneurs are very intelligent, few are experts at everything. Sadly, many of us are not independently wealthy when we start our businesses so resources(finances) can be limited.
So what do you do as an entrepreneur who is really good at your niche, but you have a few gaps in your business operations? You get help!
1. Interns: There is a college student and in some cases high school students that are always ready, willing, and able to make a few extra dollars or earn school credit for work. Check with the local colleges/universities as well as high school vocational education programs to see if their are any students with the skill set you need to help out with your business. CAUTION: this group may need to be managed more carefully and given tasks that are age or maturity level appropriate.
2. Network: As an entrepreneur you learn early and it is reiterated often, who you know can be instrumental in where you go. Check your FaceBook groups, LinkedIn, alumni associations, etc. for people who may offer services you need. BUILD RELATIONSHIPS! Then perhaps you can barter or trade products and services. Caveat: the key to networking is relationship. Don’t go for the sale, the barter, or hookup before going for someone’s name. I guarantee the time spent making a genuine connection will be far more fruitful than the 30-second elevator pitch.
3. Google it: A little research goes a long way. There is no need to invent something from scratch that you know has already been successfully done. You will save yourself a lot of time and aggravation searching online for the answer instead of trial and error on your own.
4. Relax: at the end of the day some things you will have to figure out on your own. But guess what? You are equipped to do that. It may not happen as quickly as you would like, but you will get to it and you will get it done.
The beauty of building your business is that it is constant. What’s not working today may magically start working tomorrow. Don’t sweat it.