Starting an online coaching business is one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself. To be your own boss, live and create on your own terms, work your own hours, and grow as a person and entrepreneur without limits or boundaries is extremely satisfying. I love being able to live out my purpose and passion through my business. Purpose and passion should be the breath and heartbeat of what you do. And while I find those two things very important to having a thriving business, you need a lot more to thrive in a congested creative community as an online entrepreneur.
There are lots of great ideas, tips, and ways to grow your blog and business, but throughout my journey, especially as a solopreneur and mom business owner, I’ve learned that even those tips and ideas can be hard to implement if you’re traveling the creative business road by yourself. Now it doesn’t matter if you’re a solopreneur, have a team, or if you are a newbie or seasoned blogger, we all have common needs to thrive this congested community of creatives. If you don’t want to feel isolated or like you’re the only who feels like trying to reach your goals is like climbing Mt. Everest, then here my 5 must-haves ways to kick the isolation and dig your heels into your industry and thrive in the creative online community.
Support from your family and friends
Everybody needs support and reaching out to your family and friends is, or at least should be, the easiest way to get people on board with your ideas and business. Kayla Hollatz gives a great description of what your support system should look like. These are people who know you best and will always be there for you when you need them. Even if they don’t understand everything you talk to them about, they know you’re passionate about what you do and will give you the ear you need each and every time.
I absolutely love having an accountability partner. I am more prone to checking something off my list if I know that I have to discuss my progress with someone. On the flip side, even if I didn’t check it off my list, there’s no judgment or penalty for not doing so. I generally chat with my accountability partner over FaceTime every two weeks because we like to keep it as personal feeling as possible. You can shape the relationship with your accountability partner however you agree to do so and you’ll feel good knowing that you both can understand each other’s struggles. Accountability partners can be your sounding board for advice and the good and bad ideas. Having an accountability partner can help keep you motivated and preferably give you the honest and objective feedback you need to keep you sane and stress-free.
Getting into a community has had a huge impact on me personally and in my business. Get into a community of like-minded people whether you’re searching for a community to help your business or personal life. The easiest place to start looking for a community to join is FaceBook. There’s a community for everything. Being in a community does take effort and time to actually be involved, but it’s up to you to determine how engaged you want to be. In addition to FaceBook, you can search also teach Pinterest or just start scrubbing your local newspaper. I’ve joined several communities and have connected with really amazingly creative women. Find a community that really resonates with you, your purpose, and personality and dig in. One community in particular that I’m super excited to be in is Sheilluminates. It requires paid membership, but the investment is worth it.
A mentor should be someone in your industry who does what you do, but only better and on a larger scale. Consider them an influencer in your field. Finding the right mentor can be a bit tricky, but it’s worth the search. Having a mentor can have huge impact on your business, your perspective, and decision making. They can broaden your thinking, push you outside of your comfort zone, and expose you to new opportunities. Mentors can help you keep your business moving forward rather than becoming stagnant and boring. What I love about mentors is that they know how to ask the tough questions and the right questions because chances are they’ve been where you are already. A good mentor won’t spoon-feed you everything you need to know, but will help point you in the right direction to get you moving. You can learn more about finding a mentor here.
Regardless of what type of business you are in, having a coach is a major investment for your business. A coach can help you navigate through the muddy waters of being creative. Sometimes our ideas, projects, and shiny objects can cloud our vision and cause us to lose focus on our why. A coach can guide and encourage you along the way in your entrepreneur journey and help you reach your goals.
You need determination if you want to thrive in this community. In a community that is congested with so many people doing and saying the same thing, it’s easy to become stagnant and think that you’re not good enough. None of the other things I listed above will work for you if you don’t have the drive to make big things happen in your life and business. If you don’t feel as determined as you should, don’t settle for that. Think about what inspires you and sparks your creativity. Reach out to others and ask for help. Sometimes we all need a little kick to get your determination and creative juices flowing.
Whether you have an online or brick and mortar business, you must be able to evolve and adapt. With everything changing so quickly due to technology and convenience, being able to evolve will help keep your ideas fresh and creative. The convenience of change is right at our fingertips so there is no excuse for sticking to the same old thing all the time. Even if you have a method to grow your business that works for you does not mean that there isn’t a better or smarter way to doing it and getting even better results. Adaptability also means you are always willing to stay one step ahead rather than trying to catch up with what everyone else is doing. Being willing to evolve and grow is where your accountability partner, mentor, community, or coach can really help you out.
Now over to you. Is there anything you've held back on doing to help you thrive and succeed as an online entrepreneur? Which one of the tips do you think you need to move forward in your business?