Finding Support as a Business Owner

We’ve put together a handy guide of some of the best places that you can find support as you navigate through the ever-evolving world of business. 

The stress and responsibilities that come with business ownership can be quite frankly overwhelming. 

When the going gets tough, it’s vital to have a support system that you can count on. 

Whether you want to vent or just get a second opinion, sharing your thoughts with someone else is a fantastic way to reduce some of your mental strain. 

It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting out, or a seasoned entrepreneur, there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. In order to work effectively, your support system needs to be tailored to you. 

We’ve put together a handy guide of some of the best places that you can find support as you navigate through the ever-evolving world of business. 

So, how do you build your support system? 

Family and friends

Your family and friends are always going to be your biggest form of emotional support. 

They know you, and can easily pick up on days when you’re ‘not yourself’. 

As they are separate from your work, they can also offer a vital ‘outside’ perspective - perfect for those days when you just can’t stop overthinking every little decision! 

Others on a similar journey

Perhaps the most obvious form of support is from those in a similar situation to yourself. 

Linking up with fellow business owners is great, as they can offer a relatability to your problems, as well as having a completely different background, enabling you to draw from a pool of varied experiences. 

You can reap the benefits of these relationships too. When you get to know like-minded individuals, and build up those relationships, you could be surprised at just how many new opportunities can arise for you and your business. 

A great way to do this is with Peer, the platform that we’re building to create a strong peer group around you. 

Networking groups

Networking groups are an amazing way to meet lots of new people. 

As well as building up your confidence and communication skills, it also allows you to build up a referral network of people who you can call on - and who can call on you - when projects arise. 

It’s particularly good to find other companies in a similar situation to yourself, especially if you’re new to the world of business and want to almost ‘buddy up’ with someone. 

In-person events are also a great excuse to leave the home office, get dressed up, and enter the real world - it’s not as scary as you think! 

Meetup and LinkedIn are great online platforms and really useful places to start finding out about these events. 

An experienced mentor

Business coaches are a great example of someone who can guide and mentor you through the world of business. 

They can really hold you accountable and increase your productivity. 

And if you’re just starting out, they can be a great reference for you as you navigate through tough situations. 

The best way to find a great coach is through recommendations, so check LinkedIn, Indeed, or ask friends from your network. 

Professional organisations

Organisations, particularly ones on your doorstep, can be a great way to further your networking and feel like you’re a part of something. 

Whether it’s your local chamber of commerce, or a shared working space, these places may have more ‘structured’ events that could be more relevant to you and your local area. 

Alternatively, you might find that a multinational group may be better suited to you and your business needs, and virtual events open up a whole range of new opportunities. 

It’s quite easy to find these kinds of places through Google and social media.

Find what works for you

The main thing to take from our guide is this - don’t go it alone. 

No matter where you are in your journey, there will always be a time that you need even just a little bit of personal or professional support. 

Find what works for you and stick at it. 

Lots of people want to help, and there’s an abundance of support out there - you just need to find it!

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