Many entrepreneurs are brash and brazen. They kick butts, take names and make money and they don’t care whose toes they have to step on to achieve success. Look at business types like Sir Alan Sugar, Steve Jobs, and yes even Donald Trump (especially Donald Trump) and you could be forgiven for thinking that fortune favors the bold, the brash and the shameless self promoters. But make no mistake, introverts can also make great entrepreneurs. Their introspective, thoughtful and sensitive nature is highly conducive to the running of a successful operation. However, sometimes all entrepreneurs need to get out of their own way, and introverted entrepreneurs are no exception.
The introvert entrepreneur may not roar, but they have the bravery of a lion. They bear the weight of their business on their shoulders like a silent Atlas. But this very bravery can also be to their their detriment. It can cause them unnecessary stress, put them at a greater risk of burnout and even prevent their business from living up to its full potential. Why? Because shy entrepreneurs can be notoriously reticent when it comes to asking for help.
Of course, the same could be said of more impetuous entrepreneurs, but while it’s their ego that won;t allow them to ask for help, for quieter entrepreneurs, it may be fundamentally at odds with their personalities. Here are some ways in which conceding that you might need help can propel your business to new levels…
Lean on your employees
Your employees are a huge component of what makes your business great. You’ve invested a great deal of your time, money and effort into recruiting the very best and training them to the highest standards. Yet, as much as you may trust in them on paper, your inability to lean on them as much as you could holds you and them back.
It can prevent you from being able to spend time with family and friends, or cause you to spend your time micromanaging your employees instead of spending your time in your office looking at your operations from a more macro perspective.
It’s ok to outsource
Introverts can be slow to trust, and this may hamper their operations, especially if you are unable to entrust some of your outsourced operations to a third party vendor like Single Point Global. Allowing an outsourced vendor could help you to increase your efficacy and save money in fields like human resources, IT management and digital marketing. It gives you the very best service for a more reasonable price… It’s simply allowing yourself to take a leap of faith.
Everybody needs a mentor
Even seasoned entrepreneurs benefit from the aid of a business mentoring service. Even if you’ve been in business for years you cannot expect yourself to have all of the answers and you can only harm your business if you continue to wing it. A business mentor can point you in the right direction and suggest strategies for improvement, streamlining and facilitating growth that may never have occurred to you. Once again, it’s simply a matter of taking a leap of faith.
Don’t let your reluctance to ask for help impede your business!