Hey there, fellow go-getters! Today, let's chat about something near and dear to my heart – building a village around your solopreneurial or entrepreneurial journey. Because, let's face it, even the most independent souls need a little support sometimes, right?
Picture this: You, the solopreneur, armed with dreams and a laptop, ready to conquer the world. But hold up – going at it alone? Nah, not in my world. I’m all about community, connection, and creating a village that's got your back.
Here are 5 tips, with proof, that have worked for me when putting together my "A-Team":
1. Identify Your Village: Start by identifying your people – those ride-or-die pals who cheer you on when you're winning and hand you chocolate and wine when things get tough. It could be your childhood BFF, your college roomie, or even that neighbor who's always up for a chat over the fence. How about the people you've met since starting your business? Maybe they're in the same place as you and they need a village, too? Your village is your foundation, your sounding board, and the ones who'll remind you that you're a rockstar even on the gloomiest days.
PROOF: I have a half-dozen “A Team” members who I KNOW if I simply pick up the phone, they are ready to help me. Friends who truly hand me that wine and chocolate when I'm down. I do the same for them. Trust me...find your six. It's quality over quantity.
2. Tap into Online Communities: In this digital age, your village isn't limited to the folks next door. Jump into online communities – whether it's a Facebook group, a Twitter chat, or an Insta community. Connect with like-minded souls who understand the hustle. Share your wins, your struggles, and pick up tips from those who've been there, done that. Trust me, the internet is a goldmine for kindred spirits.
PROOF: I found my bookkeeper in a Facebook group. We’ve been working together since 2020 and she’s one of my most trusted sources!
3. Networking, Minus the Awkwardness: Networking, I know, it sounds all fancy and formal. But fear not – we're keeping it casual. Attend local meetups, join co-working spaces, or simply strike up a conversation with that cool barista who knows your coffee order by heart. You'll be amazed at how many potential allies are just a smile and a "Hey, let's grab a coffee and chat business" away.
PROOF: If you’re local to Pittsburgh and need a wing-woman, I’m your girl! I estimate I've been to over 200 networking events in the past decade.
4. Ask for Help (Seriously, It's Okay!): Here's a little secret – people love feeling needed. So don't be shy to ask for help when you need it. Whether it's brainstorming ideas, proofreading your website copy, or just a shoulder to vent on – your village is there for you. And trust me, they'll appreciate being part of your journey.
PROOF: I feel like a million dollars when my friends ask me for help or for my opinion. Never be afraid to ask your A-Team!
5. Support Each Other's Dreams: A thriving village is a two-way street. It's not just about you and your dreams; it's about cheering on others too. When you invest in your village, you're creating a support system that's as strong as steel. Attend their events, promote their projects, and celebrate their victories. In return, you'll find them right by your side when it's your time to shine.
PROOF: If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – COLLABORATION OVER COMPETITION!
Building a village around your solopreneurial journey isn't just about business – it's about creating a tapestry of relationships that enrich your life. So, go ahead, DO IT with big dreams and an even bigger support system. Your village awaits, ready to turn those dreams into reality.
Let's do this together!
Kelli Komondor &