if you haven’t read part 1 of the 'it takes a village to raise a business' blog series, click over, read it and then meet me back here.
the right business relationships are essential for startups
if you've ever heard the term self-made it's bullshit. nobody is self made but truly successful people are HELP-made. yes you are the key player in your life, your business and your circle so you are at the center of your success but you'll need help. we all do. going it alone can single-handedly be the worse first business decision you'll make. you need a support system. you need a team, a mastermind group, a conglomerate...you need a village. you need people smarter than you, like valued and to some extent like minded. these individuals can be found both within and beyond your chosen industry. leverage the time, talent, skills and experience of others to avoid unnecessary setbacks, frustration and assumptions that will place you back on someone else’s time clock.
you'll need a village to scale and grow a sustainable village
developing strategic connections before you need them can be the difference in how quickly your business thrives and becomes sustainable with the ability to support your desired lifestyle. if you start building better strategic business relationships intentionally and before you need them, you will already have key individuals to help you make informed decisions when an opportunity presents itself. strengthening your village now will alleviate a significant amount of pressure when it's time to leave your J O B. you will have a support system of advisors, coaches, professionals, entrepreneurs, academics, scholars, friends, suppliers and the like to help you navigate the entrepreneurial roller coaster. achieving a FULFILLED life isn’t the easiest thing you will do but it is undeniably worth it if the lifestyle entrepreneur bug has a hold on you that you crave to conquer as I did. with your unyielding quest to be a thriving successful entrepreneur who never considers going back to employee status, having a strong network of evangelists, clients and advisors will ensure that your fulfilled life on your terms is your reality. you don’t know what you don’t know. the right people in your network and knowing where each connection fits in your Circles of INfluence will help you fill in the gaps.
check out these types of like-valued people you absolutely need in your circle
accelerate your business success by forming relationships intentionally
just imagine the depth of conversation and information that would constantly flow within your circle if you were intentional about genuinely nurturing your relationships with giving like-valued connections. you would always be in the name and privy to information, events and projects that others never knew existed until after the fact. below is the Circles of INfluence infographic provided by businessrelationshipaccelerator.com. this infographic breaks down the four primary circles of contacts and connections every thriving entrepreneur needs: Intimate, Inner, Impactful & Important. this is your village. each circle includes the necessary strategic relationships that will inform and determine your degree of business success if respected and cultivated.
In part 3 of the 'it takes a village to raise a business' blog series we'll look at how entrepreneurs can build an effective organization whether you wish to remain a lifestyle solopreneur or grow into a small business owner and the roles to fill with the help of your Circles of INfluence.