If you’re an entrepreneur or member of any startup, take a minute to recognize and understand how much you’ve already accomplished so far. Well done!
You’re doing what so many others only dream of by taking control of your career/passions and creating opportunities for others.
The small business world, however, isn’t all blue skies and over-the-top success. It’s very, very difficult and full of demanding work that can feel oppressive and overwhelming. How can you possibly grow your business when it feels like you spend all your time simply staying afloat? Well, there are at least three ways that have worked well for Ryan Hibbert and that are likely to work for you too.
#1: Delegate Tasks
When you’re a member of a small team, it’s easy to wear multiple hats. After all, if you don’t do it, who will? The answer is simple: other people.
According to a recent study, 57.3 million freelancers in 2017 represent a very large group of people who are ready to take some work off your plate. Not only that, these people may, in fact, be better suited to complete the tasks. Examine the tasks taking up the majority of your time, prioritize them, and determine which among them can be delegated to others. You can consider using online freelance networks like Upwork, Fiverr, or Flexjobs to find a suitable candidate.
#2: Get A Mentor
It can feel isolating working for yourself or in a small company. Having said that, please remember you’re not alone. Thousands upon thousands of people have been in your shoes, made the difficult choices, and lived to tell the tale. Not only that, many of these people would actually be happy to help you.
Finding a mentor can be as easy as reaching out directly to a professional whose work you respect. However, if the direct approach doesn’t suit you, mentoring and networking sites like FindSpark or LinkedIn are great resources for finding the right mentor.
#3: Always Be Learning
Arguably the most significant factor in achieving and sustaining success is your ability to continually learn and adapt. Since the world is changing rapidly, you and your business will need to keep up with the latest innovations and technologies in order stay relevant in a competitive marketplace.
There are a wealth of online resources just a few clicks away. You can consider learning sites such as Skillshare, General Assembly, and Udemy for courses that cover a myriad of topics and disciplines.