A Message From Our President: Create Your Own Support Network
Did people think you were crazy when you started your own professional organizing business? It was a huge risk and most people are not risk takers. It takes guts and there is not an easy path. I still run into challenges that I could not have anticipated. These are some of the many reasons why I believe that it is important to set yourself up for success. One thing you can do is get a support team that can help you navigate your way through business building.
It’s inevitable that, at times, you will get in your own way. Move out of the way! There will be enough obstacles, don’t be one of them. My support team has helped me work through my obstacles. Build a network that works for you. It doesn’t have to be made up of organizers, just people who can learn and grow together.
We are told “build your business around what you are really good at and hire out the rest.” Easy to say, but what do you do when money is tight? This is when you turn to your support network for ideas. There’s always some one else who has been there, done that. Learn from them as I did and still do.
Building a business can be all-absorbing. Sometimes my to-do list is a mile long and there is no time clock to punch. I still use examples of my chapter members to teach me how to step away from my desk and enjoy life.
As for me, I built my support network within NAPO-WDC. Soon after joining the chapter, I volunteered for a position I was comfortable with. It allowed me to fit in, contribute, and meet people. I soon created a bond with many chapter members who offered a pat-on-the-back or some words of encouragement when needed.
I have worked with and for chapter members, attended meetings, shared meals, drank coffee, discussed a book, attended conferences, went to a movie, took classes, had a drink, sat in the sun, flew on a airplane, visited homes, and volunteered with fellow NAPO-WDC members. All of this has benefited me greatly.
My support team was small at the beginning. When I found more success, I moved to paying it forward. I learn from new organizers all the time. One thing that is so great about this organization is how we are all so different. Each of us has unique experiences and perspectives to share with others. We learn and grow together and as individuals.
All of us at NAPO-WDC have similar business challenges. Together, we can encourage each other through our different phases of business building. Put together your own support network. Build your way to success!
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