Small Business Coach
As entrepreneurs, we usually love what we do, but often times, the business side of things can get us down. Maybe you own a graphic design studio. You love the graphic design part of things and could work on your computer until the wee hours of the morning with no problem. But running the studio side of things isnít quite your cup of tea. Youíre willing to give it a shot because you want to call your own shots, but itís more challenging than you ever imagined. Enter your small business coach.
Often times, most entrepreneurs fail for one of three reasons: they lack the skills they need to adequately run the business; they donít know where to begin their planning for growth; or, they lack the motivation and time to do all that they need to do. Even if youíve got most of those areas covered, if youíre weak in one, youíll undoubtedly be struggling more than you need to be. And, the more you struggle, the less youíll enjoy what youíre doing and want to keep going.
Coaches can help you identify whatís stopping you from reaching the next level and achieving your goals, and provide you with the guidance or tools you need to get there. But itís not just as simple as giving you a secret formula for success. ďHere you go, Bob. Now go make your millions.Ē Sorry, but thatís just not the way it works.
In order for a small business coach to be effective, you need to be an active participant in the process. They will ask you some difficult questions and you need to be willing to fess up to some often times difficult answers. They can help provide you with strategies and techniques for success, but only if they know what success means to you, and how determined you are to achieve it.
From learning new marketing and business skills to boosting your clarity and focus, a good coach will not only increase your motivation, but provide accountability. If you donít do what you said you would do, theyíll be there to hold it in your face. A good coach will also help you improve your time management skills and create a more solid business plan to get ahead.
Coaches arenít just for solopreneurs, those entrepreneurs that run their business as a one person show, and who have few others to turn to support for. Coaches can be for anyone in business no matter where in your career you may be. Maybe you have a staff of 20 people and need help establishing an effective communication plan for everyone. Or, maybe your company is changing its focus and you need help making sure everyone is on board with you.
A small business coach Ė a good one, at least Ė will have a solid understand of not only business, but also psychology, and will have a good mix of academic training and practical experience from which to speak and guide you on your way.