5 Step Smart Start - Video Mini Series Training Portal
In this Dream Biz Blueprint miniseries, over the next 5 weeks we are sharing 5 steps for savvy women to test drive your dream business idea and answer the question “Should I start this business?
So here we are with step 3. You’ve spent some time with step one and you have a good idea of your values and motivation, AND you have talked to some real people about your idea and taken notes in an organized fashion.
So surely NOW is the time to...
Write a business plan? Design a logo? Launch a website?
The first step was about you. The second step is about the people you want to serve.
The third is back to you and another group of important people.
This step may seem weird at first, like it doesn’t have a lot to do with your business idea.
That would be you, the employee, talking. I'd like you to note that voice for future reference.
I want you to consider that you are the leader of your life, the CEO. I want every woman and girl to walk and talk like the powerful leaders we are, to transform how power is used - and shared equally among men and women.
I want you to rock your Boss Mindset. If we don't walk this talk and present ourselves as leaders, no one is going to respond to us that way.
But I digress.
More to the point, the last thing you and I want is to do is to work like crazy to create a business only to retain an employee mindset.
So what do leaders do differently?
They work on themselves. This means staying curious, learning, and taking care of yourself.
Leaders are busy and focused on their goals. They are respectful of others, but they don't let other people or events waste their time. They have a plan and intentional action around who they associate with and WHY.
In other words, they are very strategic about their network - its all about who you know, y’know?
Think about traditional networking you have done in the past. Whoa, are you having flashbacks to awkward happy hours, hoping someone talks to you, wondering who you should approach, having no idea if they can help you or you them?
This step is about something much bigger. If your idea is taking you in new directions, you are going to need to meet some new people. Its about building you social capital. And its way more fun!
Social capital is less about "you do this for me, and I'll do that for you", its more about showing up consistently to people and activities in areas that you are passionate about. It might be about volunteering. It might be going to a conference. It might be applying for a program that brings people together, a part time job to get perspective you don't have yet.
Again, this can feel scary. One way to feel more confident is to have a plan around building your social capital. Think of some ways that combine something you enjoy doing with meeting new people around your idea. That can be a great place to start.