Do you find yourself spending too many days without the stimulation of chatting with other business owners?
The enthusiasm you feel for your work is super but as you know, All work and no play makes Jackie a dull girl.
What to do?
Spend more time networking. The benefits can be enormous:
- You have the enticing possibility of recruiting customers or clients.
- You may meet a great new pal who will share your triumphs and “aha!” moments.
- If nothing else, it’s a change of scene and arrests your tendency to talk to yourself!
Make a point of engaging one-on-one with your clients or customers. There are several great outcomes here too:
- Your customer or client will be happy that you see her as someone you enjoy.
- You can gather great info if you are surveying during your conversation. You may learn new things or verify your assumptions. A pat on the back is nice, even if self administered!
- You may get a request for more training or a particular product, leading to more sales.
Get a mentor. Nothing sparks your creativity and efficiency as much as working with your carefully selected advisor.
- I am particularly thinking about this right now because I just enjoyed a retreat presented by my mentor.
- The event was attended by about 20 others and so not only did I gain knowledge and excitement from my mentor but also brainstorming suggestions from my fellow “mentees.”
- You never outgrow the need for a mentor. Mine has one too and that gal has one also and on and on.
So, gals, drag yourself out of your comfort cocoon!
I know: you don’t want to spend time away from your work or you hate networking or you dislike spending money on yourself.
Not one of those objections is valid.
It is beneficial to take time off from your work. You will feel refreshed when you return. If you really think you can’t spare the time, then you need to reorganize. Maybe you need assistance. You can start with a virtual assistant. Give her all the tasks that you really don’t need to do yourself and save your time for the ones that only you can do. You will create more interesting information or products if you are not constantly tucked away at your computer.
The prospect of networking can be off-putting. Walking into a room where you don’t know anybody. But if you prepare yourself with good questions to ask and zero in on the people that you’d like to mesh with, it can be not only a good marketing move but you may even find some fun and interesting people. Friendships can be made in this way.
Spending money on a mentor who is a good fit for you reaps great results. Having someone whose business experience can teach you how to be more effective will help you grow your company and make more money. Plus it is comforting and energizing too to be able to turn to her for advice. Sometimes you just need the ear of another entrepreneur who has weathered the problems you face.