Here are 5 things you can do so you don't have to struggle alone.
BEAM18 Mar, 2018
It's true - Entrepreneurship can be a very long and lonely journey.
Struggles with generating revenue, your friends and family think you're crazy, your partner not being supportive, employees leaving, customer complaints..., the list goes on and on.
There will many dark times where you feels as though no one out there understands.
It's normal, and this is part and parcel of the entrepreneurial journey.
However we believe that it doesn't have to be this way.
Here are 5 things that have helped many founders overcome loneliness and many struggles faced throughout their entrepreneurial journey:
1) Talk to other entrepreneurs here
Most entrepreneurs go through similar struggles.
If you're feeling stuck and lonely, chances are there are other entrepreneurs out there who are/have been in the same boat as you are.
Talking to these founders helps you gain valuable "peer-level" insights.
Plus, they might have gone through some of the struggles you're currently facing, and can help.
Some of these areas include:
If you need help getting connected to someone in your local market, reach out to us here.
2) Find an advisor/mentor
Having a mentor goes a very long way.
From having someone to share your struggles with to so having someone who is able to help you along the way, the support and honest feedback a mentor/advisor can give you is extremely valuable.
Some tips on choosing mentors:
If you're unable to find yourself a mentor, reach out to us here and we'll hook you up with someone.
3) Join local events, conferences, and workshops
There is an increasing number of local events and workshops happening in major cities around the world. They're a great place to meet new friends, network, and just immerse yourself in an entirely different environment.
Although most of these networking events may not amount to anything much, it is a great place to learn and gain new perspectives of what's happening in the ecosystem.
Some tips when attending networking events:
4) Pause and go back to basics
Sometimes 'doing more' does not necessarily translate to 'more results'. It is crucial to identify which are things you should be doing that translate to actual results.
In the midst of the everyday grind, it is sometimes important to take a step back and reflect on your past activities and future goals.
Go back to basics by using tools like the Lean Canvas to draw out an overview of your business. Constantly run and measure regular experiments to test and identify which areas garner the most results.
Not only will this give you a clearer picture of what you should be focusing on, you can simplify the tasks that you're working on to save you more time in the long run.
5) Apply for accelerators
If possible, join an accelerator program.
Not only are accelerators a great place to raise some small amounts of funding, the support, connections, and knowledge they can impart to you could mean a lot to the business, especially during the early stages.
Most accelerators take a small equity in exchange for the funds they give you and the support they provide. We believe this is a fair trade for the time you will save in the long run.
Help is out there, you just have to seek for it.
If your desire is to succeed, do not let ego come in the way of your progress.
Do not be afraid of letting someone know that you're struggling. Being vulnerable opens the way for others to help.
Sometimes the enemy isn't loneliness, it's ourselves.
To get started with connecting with other entrepreneurs, download the BEAM App here.