Years ago, when I was working as a freelancer food writer, I found myself wearing all the hats in my business. I was the creative writer, the proofreader, the recipe tester, the editor, the transcriptionist, the bookkeeper, the chief financial officer, the administrative assistant and more.
And, like most solo entrepreneurs, I thought that I had to do all the things in my business. I thought it was just the way things were for small business owners and freelancers like me. So I didn’t hire anyone to help me run the day-to-day operations in my business. Nor did I seek support from coaches or consultants who could have introduced me to the right strategies to help my business grow.
My business was stable – successful even. But it also stayed relatively the same year after year. I did the same tasks. I had the same kind of clients. I earned the same income and took on the same workload (one that often lead to overwhelm). And I did that year after year until I shut the business down to pursue coaching.
This week, I found myself reflecting on how different things look today in my second run at entrepreneurship. I realized I’ve stopped trying to do all the things; I’ve changed the way I do business – and the potential my business has to grow – by surrounding myself with great people and actively seeking support.
Here’s what support in my business looks like now….
- I have a great online business manager who handles various tasks for me – and is constantly taking more off my plate so I can spend more time doing the thing I started this business to do: coach.
- I received immense support from fellow entrepreneurs and a business coach during an intensive mastermind group last year.
- I’m part of a peer-lead mastermind group and have numerous colleagues who are always available to lend a hand or share feedback on my projects.
- I have a husband who is always willing to step up – and who now knows exactly what kind of support I need because I finally started telling him.
Admittedly, it’s been a process to become someone who asks for support. But it was worth it because learning this skill has made so many things possible for me. It’s given me the chance to make a bigger impact, generate more income and grow my business faster than I ever could alone. And, as you might imagine, that support has been a great antidote to beat overwhelm.
I’m sharing this lesson with you today in hopes it won’t take you as long as it took me to learn it. Because I see you working hard and wearing all the hats in your business. I see you thinking that the overwhelm is normal because you’re a solo entrepreneur or a small business owner who has to do it all.
But you don’t have to do it all – and it’s probably not in your best interest to keep flying solo. In fact, I’m proof that when you make the shift and start getting support in your business, there’s nowhere to go but up.
So today, as you think about getting support yourself, I’d love for you to take five minutes and answer two questions:
Where do I need more help in my business?
Where do I need to stop resisting help and accept support where it’s already been offered?
Maybe you need some support around the house or someone to help with childcare to free up more time to work. Maybe you need the support of a coach to help you with business strategy and mindset. Or maybe you need administrative help so you can stop pushing papers and start engaging your creative side.
Whatever it is, I invite you to consider what you need today.
Then dare to ask yourself what could be possible in your business – and your life – if you stopped doing it all and had some support.