One of the most common issues that entrepreneurs face is that their local market just isn’t ready for them. They feel like they’re alone. If you’re an innovator, you know what I mean. If you’re in a rural community like I am, you know what I mean. The county around us has a huge agricultural and manufacturing base and there are only a small percentage of residents who have tapped into digital sales funnels and building their businesses online. When I first started building my business, people often looked at me like I was crazy. I had to go outside the community I live in to find the training I needed, to find other entrepreneurs who were also in the online market, to become confident and be able to stand tall and say, “Hey, I know this works. I’m doing it.”
Don’t be discouraged if it’s happened to you. I’ve talked with a lot of you in private calls or groups, and I know many of you can sometimes feel rather isolated because so much of what you do is online and it isn’t connecting you with a physical community.
God Goes Ahead Of You
There have been some cool developments over the last few weeks. The Holy Spirit has been moving in us and in other people in our community. It’s kind of neat to see this being revealed through multiple conversations and multiple organizations. What I’ve noticed is there are a handful of people who are deadset on being innovators and have ideas on how to completely turn their niches or marketplaces upside down. What’s super cool–and where I think God is heavily involved–is that He’s starting to draw us together. Seemingly random connections, conversations, friends of a friend of a friend making a comment about “Oh, do you know So-and-So?” have been crazy prevalent.
What I sense is that God is calling our ministry team home.
We still operate in the online world, and we’re still going to maintain our online presence, but He has opened a couple of doors in the last few weeks to allow us to impact our community. I want to just encourage you that if you’re in that startup place where I was a few years ago and you’re feeling like your community does not get you, that doesn’t mean that what you’re doing is wrong. That does not mean that what you’re doing is destined to fail. There are a lot of things available in the world that may go unnoticed in your community.
You Don’t Have To Go It Alone
Here’s what I’m going to recommend if you’re feeling isolated. If you’re feeling like nobody gets you and you’re ready to give up, here are three things I want you to do. First, I want you to commit to the building your business for the next thirty days without giving up. So no matter what anyone says to you, no matter how many sleepless nights, no matter how frustrated or however many things come at you in the next thirty days, I want you to commit to the next thirty days of solidly building your business no matter what. The second thing that I think is going to be helpful is for you to come online, come into the BOLD Christian Women in Business and Ministry group, find some people who are doing something sort of like you. You may not be able to find someone who is doing something exactly like what you are doing, and that’s okay. There are lots of business coaches in the group, but I don’t know of anyone who is offering the exact same packages that I am, and that’s totally fine, because we still have a shared experience of being online business coaches and can be supportive of one another. The third thing I want you to do is to really listen to what God is saying. If this is the season where He is saying, “Nobody here gets you, go somewhere else virtually to find your connections”, then I want you to do it.
I have to be honest with you. I almost gave up in the beginning, because I felt like I just didn’t have any peers.
Coming online and joining some of the online groups and meeting others who were wading through the same battles that I was kept me from going off the edges. Yes, get a coach. Yes, have a team. Yes, build a board of directors if you’re at that place. What I want you to focus on is surrounding yourself with like-minded people who you’re not trying to sell anything to and they’re not trying to sell anything to you. It’s simply someone you can reach out to via Facebook messenger or email and just say, “Man, today was awful!” or “I’m getting ready to send this quote and I don’t know about this pricing. What do you think?” or “Hey, I’m looking for someone to help me with my websites. I know you don’t do websites, but do you know of anyone?” With those kind of questions, having a peer support group is going to be priceless, and it’s going to allow you to connect with people on a deeper level than you may be if you are only looking to sell or you’re only looking for the products that you need or you’re concerned about letting people see you being vulnerable.
Focus on those three things and see where God leads you, together.
Register for the BOLD Christian Women in Business and Ministry group and start growing your support network today! Jump in the group and tell us who you are and what kind of support you need. Do you need a cheerleader? Do you need a proofreader? What is it that you need that members of the group can provide for you at no cost, simply as your peer?