Why You Need an Entrepreneurial Support System & How to Build It

This weeks episode is going to be a quick one because it’s a bit fluffy and I’m not the biggest fan of fluffy motivational “advice” that doesn’t actually add value. However, as we head into the holiday season we’ll all be reminded even more than usual that most of our family and friends just don’t get us entrepreneurs. They simply can’t quite understand our “jobs” or our lifestyles and that can make it difficult to relate and connect at times.

Since you often can’t turn to your normal support system when it comes to issues that arise in your work or personal life related to the fact that you’ve chosen to be a business owner, one of the toughest parts of becoming an entrepreneur is trying to find a support system that “gets it.” As much as your friends and family love you, many of them will continuously and unknowingly make frustrating remarks about how you’re on vacation, you’re so lucky to only have to work when you want, or question when you’ll get a “real job.” On the flip side, others will complain about how you’re constantly working, you never stop worrying, and they don’t get as much quality time with you as they used to. Even those who attempt to be supportive and recognize the seriousness of your pursuits will often simply not understand the mentality of entrepreneur nor the issues and headaches that you face.

That’s why it’s incredibly important that new entrepreneurs form a support system that will help get them through the tough times that inevitably come with starting and running your own business. I recommend surrounding yourself with a network of other entrepreneurs just to sanity check yourself from time to time.

Try joining a master mind or meetup group focused on entrepreneurship in your area. If you work from home, consider joining a co-working space – many allow you to rent a “floating desk” for just a few hours per week so that you can pop in just to get some human to human interaction with other entrepreneurs without paying rent somewhere. Find a mentor who’s been where you are and can help advise you on how to deal with not only the business bumps but also the personal bumps that come with entrepreneurship.

Having a network of people that get what you’re going through will help you to be able to quickly vent, feel understood, and then get right back to work when things just aren’t going right with something related to your business.