Starting a business: Your Personal Board of Directors

Marianne Craig explains to Careershifters that when you start your own business it can be lonely and frustrating.  Here she gives advice on starting your own business:

Starting a home business with Remote Employment and CareershiftersYou have a huge to-do list and it feels like a big mountain to climb!

Being self-employed or setting up a new business can feel very isolating. Getting support is hugely important.

Your local Business Link can help with networking events and relevant training opportunities. A business coach can work with you on developing and building your business too.

Some entrepreneurs also find it really useful to set up a group which meets regularly to focus on their coaching business. This group can be your own personal board of directors - also known as your personal council, mastermind group or success team.

This is how it works

You think of people you know who are successful or who have great contacts or who are expert in some area that is relevant to you. For example: accountant, business owner, marketing person, journalist, website designer, business coach.

Ideally you want people you know and like - and who are enthusiastic about your business idea! Talk to each person individually about your business first to check out if they fancy being on your board. Next, invite them all to meet up informally in a quite pub or cafe. Or if you like cooking, invite them to your house for a meal. Explain to the group where you're at with your business plan and ask them for their ideas.

Read the full article by Marianne Craig on Careershifters.

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