If you started your own business that means that you are very brave, proactive and determined. You don’t back down from a fight and you are a good problem solver. All of that is very amicable, but despite the success of your business, chances are you can’t do everything alone. And we are even going to go on a limb here and say that you actually do need help. So, what is the best way to help yourself?
Perhaps you are struggling to maintain the set of values you imposed. Maybe you need help with the financial part or even with your own time management. Most likely you need help with more things than one, problems that are big or small, recurrent or completely new. Is there any way to get someone to help you with all of that? Yes, it is – if you hire a coach.
A coach will help you go back to basics and build a solid foundation
Sometimes little everyday problems that are slowing down the growth of your business are actually a manifestation of a bigger issue you aren’t seeing. The mission statements, the values you uphold and the culture you are promoting will make or break your business. It is great that you are improving daily processes and inventing new and faster ways to work, but more often than not the underlying issue has much deeper roots. A coach can help you see that and give you guidance on tackling the real root of the problem, such as for example implementing a culture in your small business.
They can give you an outsider’s perspective and eliminate your blind spots
Let’s be frank – your business is your baby. And you will never be able to be completely objective when it comes to all its faults. That is completely normal and to be expected. This is why working with a coach that can guide you and save your wasted efforts is a great idea. They won’t see everything through rose colored glasses and will assist you in eliminating them as well. When you are actually aware of the issues that are preventing your business growth you will be equipped to handle them. It always helps having a second pair of eyes, as well as someone to bounce ideas off of.
Their main focus is to hold you accountable
Coach’s job isn’t to help your business but to help you. Although it is a difficult pill to swallow, sometimes the biggest obstacle for business growth are the business owners themselves. Are you afraid of thinking outside of the box? Are you not inspiring your employees? Do you keep around unproductive workers because of personal relations with them? It is difficult to admit, but the fault might really be yours.
It is not easy to face your demons, which is exactly why a coach can be of tremendous help. They can be your guidance and your assistance with tackling all of the issues you see with yourself. In addition, their role lies not only in detecting the issues, but also with coming up with plans on how to fix it. It is okay to admit that you need help, but once you do, make sure that you don’t revert to your bad habits and stay consistent on your path.
A coach can also help you improve the daily life of your business
It is easy to look at coaches as some very wise gurus that are there to insert wisdom and guidance for the big issues in life and in business. All of that is true, but that is not the only thing they can do for you. They will, inevitably start with the biggest struggles and with the big picture, but once that is taken care of, they will continue to smaller problems.
If you choose to work with a coach that has experience in your industry, they can guide you through overcoming daily struggles as well. Their experience, and the knowledge they gathered about your company, ways of working and personal preference will definitely come in handy at the finishing stages of the process.
The most important thing you can do for your business is to face the music and tackle all the issues head on. But that doesn’t mean that you have to it alone, blindly trying to find your way. Look at your coach as someone that can’t light up all of the way, but they do have a flashlight they are willing to use with you.