Working for yourself can be lonely. You have big dreams for your business and that’s as it should be. It’s your business and you wouldn’t have started it if you didn’t want to make it a success. But sometimes, you do feel like it’s you against the world – and that’s where you need to jump on your Support train.
What is a Support Train?
It can be called a support network or a Support Train. Basically, though, it’s a group of supportive people who understand who you are and what you’re hoping to do. They’re there to help you emotionally and sometimes physically, to reach your potential and your goals, because they care. It’s the people you turn to support you along your journey.
Who is on your Support Train?
The people on your Support Train don’t have to be unique to you, but they do have to be people who understand you. So who do I mean? Well, it could be your husband, partner or other family members. It could be other VAs or people in your business networking groups. There’s also the school mums at the gate or that small circle of girl friends you have. Then there are the women in your mastermind or mentoring groups.
You have so many potential candidates for your Support Train. It could even be non-business friends who have no idea about running a business or the ins and outs of what you do. Because, as mentioned above, they understand who you are and they care about you. And that’s the key – they need to be people who will support, encourage and help you.
[This recent blog on the importance of belonging to a monthly membership community, will help to illustrate how valuable a supportive community can be for you.]
The value of a support network
It’s not always obvious how each person in your network supports you. For some, it could be practical advice and business know-how. For others, it’s their ability to inspire you to move forward, even when you’re not sure which direction to go in.
If you need a safe space to talk, your support network is it. They won’t judge you or belittle your ideas. If you’re feeling unsure or scared, they’re there for you.
You can brainstorm with people inside and outside the industry. They’re your sounding board for ideas and a collective hive of minds when you need it.
But it isn’t just for those people who may need confidence or are unsure of themselves – it’s for everyone, including introverts and extroverts alike.
Because everyone needs a Support Train of their own. Introverts and extroverts alike, need the encouragement to move forward, a guiding hand and moral support. Whether you like being a loner or need to be surrounded by other people, your Support Network gives you valuable insights and a safe space to explore your dreams.
Going it alone isn’t an option
No matter what type of person you are, going it alone isn’t an option. It’s why you feel like working alone is lonely. Because it is – unless you have the right support network in place. You don’t always have the answers, there will be times when you need advice, and sometimes you won’t know what direction to take or decision to make.
Because sometimes you’ll be so busy, you’ll need someone to remind you to stop and breathe.
Your Support Train will take you to where you want to go, with as many stops as you need. Everyone on that train knows you and what you’re hoping to achieve, and they’re willing to help you get there – while also gently reminding you to enjoy the journey along the way.
If you’re looking to build your own Support Train, the VA Membership is an awesome solution for you. Not only is it a thriving and supportive community of VAs, but it also includes the practical support and expert help you need, to grow your VA business. So why not check it out – you’ll be glad you did!