Peeps on Your Team: Getting Awesome Support People in Place

Peeps on your Team: Getting Awesome Support People in PlaceBy Rebecca Flansburg

I love the poem from Maya Angelou called Every Woman Should.


one friend who always makes her laugh … and one who lets her cry …

Time is a precious commodity and part of being a business owner is knowing when it’s time to call in the troops for help. When you open up to the notion of reaching out for assistance, you are not admitting defeat or showing signs of weakness, you are using sage wisdom. Though some of us are rumored to hang a Superwoman cape in the closet every night, most of us know there are times in life that we need to just throw up our hands, scream “UNCLE!” and reach out to our Inner Circle for love, help and guidance. The notion of continuing to struggle with a problem, project, concern or issue is kind of like the definition of insanity:

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

Instead of stubbornly pounding your head against the wall …

I. WILL. Get. This. Right. Even. If. It. KILLS. ME!

Just know it’s not a faux paus to ask for help, it is an act of supreme leadership. Passing off daunting tasks to those to who have the expertise that we lack frees us to focus on true income-producing activities like lining up speaking opportunities or new lead generation.

Peeps to Have on Your Team:

A Photographer:

Yes, we know you’re an Instagram/iPhone picture taking wizard, but there’s only so many selfies that the world can handle. Images rule on social media and are important in marketing and media materials as well. Keep the name of a pro photographer, who can capture professional photos to be utilized in multiple parts of your business, handy at all times. Not to mention — update your head-shot, that grainy photo from the 90′s just won’t cut it.

A Creative Genius:

You may think you can, “create that logo myself,” or “build a quickie sales page for this product,” but if it takes you three hours, is that really a good use of your time?  Having a graphic designer in your corner that can assist with these tasks, and do so in a fraction of the time, is a smart business move. It also saves you from the embarrassment of having peers or clients say things like, “That is so sweet! How old is your child?” when viewing your business logo.

A Crack IT Person:

If you’ve ever been faced with the blue screen of death on your laptop, you know how frustrating it can be. Instead of spending hours combing through troubleshooting sites to “to find the cure,” having the option of handing off the task to a pro frees you up to move to other tasks that keeps your biz moving forward.

The Maid:

How many of you stress over the cleanliness of your home? ::sneaks hands up:: Would I prefer that my home not look like wolves live there? YES! Is it a smart sanity and business move to invest in someone who can make my house look wolf-free, thus freeing me up for more quality family time? YES! In the past when I’ve asked women entrepreneurs who their “team” was comprised of, a quality maid service was always on the list. These same business women also stated that, even during the times when finances were tight, that dropping housecleaning services was something they would not consider.

A Lunch Buddy:

Your lunch buddy is that friend you have on speed dial that is always thrilled to receive the, “I think I am losing my marbles. I need to have some girl-time/lunch date” phone call. This friend knows nothing about, or cares anything about, stats, algorithms, analytics or deadlines … they just know you are a FIN (Friend In Need). Your lunch buddy is a critical piece of your support system and mental health maintenance.

An Unpaid Mentor:

Your unpaid mentor could be a relative, or even local fellow business person, who has knowledge and savvy and isn’t afraid to share. This mentor could be someone you deeply admire who is always more than willing to say, “Here, try it this way” and offer up guidance and support to your growing business with no strings attached.

The Paid Mentor:

There are times when we need deeper knowledge. Deeper instruction and guidance. Paid mentors are the coaches we employ to help us carve out a new niche, get past “stuck” in our business or teach us tactics that will allow our business to me more profitable. A quality paid mentor/coach is often worth their weight in gold and worth every penny.

Who do you include in your business success team?

Rebecca Flansburg proudly left a 30-year stint in the 9-5 world three years ago to work full-time (from home and on her own terms)  as a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and blogger. Rebecca is the Cover Girl writer for HERLIFE Magazine Sacramento & Central Valley, is an avid blogger on her own veteran blog Franticmommy and is co-creator of FREElance FREEdom-a site dedicated to helping women discover life beyond the cubicle.

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