This month we’re talking about teamwork, so I wanted to talk about the benefits of running your business, even if you’re a solopreneur, with a team of one kind or another. Today we’re going to cover 3 things that not only reinforce the benefits of teamwork but also the need for it, other than of course that there are only 24 hours in a day, we each have limited knowledge and experience, and aren’t physically capable of doing every single thing.
The first reason for using teamwork is based on an assumption. Now, assumptions are dangerous things, but this is one assumption I’m almost completely confident is true for you: assume you need to improve. I could make up a list of things that I have on my mental to do list, which means they haven’t gotten to my paper to do list which is the one that actually gets checked off, which means that there are things that aren’t even in the line for getting done, they’re really far on the back burner, which means that I know I’ve got lots of room for improvement, so you probably do too. However, you may not be able to see what needs to be improved in which case it’s really good to get a second opinion and hear what others think you need to improve.
The second reason for using teamwork is because whether you’re a solopreneur or have employees or partners you work with, you’ve got customers which is the other half of your team. You’re in a team relationship with your customers because you’ve both got goals that line up together that you’re working towards: you want to sell them stuff and they want to buy stuff. But unless you spend time with the customers and talk with them or at the very least research them you won’t know if what you’re selling is what they want, or what you can do to make it even more interesting or attractive to them to purchase.
Third, you’re part of the team of business owners around the world. You’re not doing this all alone even if you’re the only one in charge of your business. There are millions of other people out there making a living by running their own businesses and it’s up to you to reach out to them and connect with them to hear their experiences, learn from their lessons and hear about their failures and support them through their struggles so they can do the same for you. I like working with business owners to save them some of the heartbreak and struggle myself and many other business owners have gone through and encourage them that they’ve made a good decision. I also like being part of the larger community because I know that I can refer someone on to someone else if I’m not a good fit or able to offer them the services they need.
This week look for ways you can contribute to and benefit from being part of the team of entrepreneurs. What are you contributing and how have you benefited from it?