5 Reasons Why Community and Partners Matter when Starting Your Business

Entrepreneurs are often “lone wolves” – for example, staying up all night in a dorm room coding; skipping out on parties to work on an idea; eating ramen for weeks in order to spend every spare dime putting together a prototype.

That kind of focused individuality is useful in helping your company stand out from the crowd and get noticed. But it can also limit your horizons, because business growth is really a team sport. And as in sports, we’re competitive.  But we’re also a lot alike, and we should be partnering with each other.

Still not convinced? Here are five non-financial reasons to join an entrepreneurial community.

•     Emotional Support. News flash:entrepreneurship is very hard. It’s ok to want to talk about your experiences with someone else. It’s even better when that person has been through some of the same experiences you have. Whether you want to discuss a particular issue or just want to vent, having someone else to talk to can be both healthy and helpful.

•     Accountability Partners. Sometimes we are able to motivate ourselves, and sometimes we have a hard time maintaining that motivation. Articulating your goals, committing to action, and having someone hold you accountable to those goals and actions can help solopreneurs keep on track.

•     Objective Opinion. When faced with a business dilemma, it can be beneficial to bounce your ideas off of someone you know will tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. By helping you step outside of the issue, these straight shooters can provide a new perspective, allowing you to see your patterns and biases more clearly.

•     Expert Opinion. As entrepreneurs, we’re forced to wear many hats…but some hats don’t always fit. By being a member of a common group, you can find others to fill in the gaps in your skillset, as well as help others in areas in which are you stronger. And who knows? Maybe together, you and your new partners will come up with an even better business idea.

•     DistractionThe stress of the hustle adds up. Stepping back to relax and think about something else, if even for a few minutes, can be just the break you need to come back stronger and sharper than before. Having those peers who understand what you’re going through and can provide those distractions, however brief, can be enough to keep you fighting through another day.

The bottom line is, we can’t do it all ourselves. A community of your peers can make it easier for everyone to succeed, while making it a more pleasant experience getting there. And if you feel you don’t currently have a community,you’re in luck – we’re building a startup community to help you connect to other entrepreneurs. Reach out as we build a group that helps entrepreneurs from all walks reach their full potential. Join us!