5 Reasons to Be a Part of a Business CommunitySandeep Babu
Being a part of the business community plays a critical role in the success of small business owners. If you look at the thriving small business owners, you will find that most of them are outstanding community players. To be a part of a community offers you much-needed guidance to survive in a difficult time like now. Also, a community provides you with tons of networking opportunities to grow your business.
Ramon Ray hosted an online community leaders forum where Ramon and participants discussed the importance of being a part of a community.
Reasons to Be a Part of a Business Community
The virtual community leaders forum included the following guests:
- Adrian Miller who created Adrian’s Network – immensely successful business community
- Core Kupfer, founder of DealQeust – home to Weekly Conversation, Connection & Cocktails
- Ivy Slater, CEO of Slater Success, offering strategy, leadership, and speaking services
- Marquesa Pettway who founded The Speakerpreneur
- Che Brown, founder of The Happy Entrepreneur Network
- Diane Darling, founder Dianedarling.com
The guests of the virtual community leaders forum are successful community builders. So they certainly know a thing or two about why it is important to be a part of a community.
Here are keys benefits you can reap from being a part of a community:
1- Incessant Supply of Out of Box Ideas
Running a small business successfully is not smooth sailing. In fact, it is full of hurdles, turbulences, and stumbling blocks.
Regardless of how good your products/services are, you’re bound to face business challenges off and on. In recent times, CVOID-19 affected 80% of small businesses.
The point is you need to get ready to overcome unforeseen roadblocks. And being part of a community can equip you with tools, strategies, and mental grit to do that.
A business community is a place where you can meet fellow business owners and share ideas.
Having a different perspective of a situation can help you make yourself unstuck.
As Ivy Slater said,
I’ve definitely learned about some people thinking outside the box. And that that just drives me. It does. It gets my creative juices going.
2- Tenacity & Strength
When you join a community, you come across business owners from different walks of life.
Be it virtually or personally, regularly attending community meetings will enable you to know how your fellow business owners are leaving no stone unturned to get success. Others’ struggle and grit will motivate you and eventually build tenacity and strength in you.
Andrian Miller, who runs a large community of successful business owners accepted,
I’ve learned tenacity and strength from Deborah Dixon Anderson, who has gone through so many things and is able to pick herself up and push forward through it all that anytime.
In a community, we learn from each other, don’t we?
3- Real Experience to Elevate
Running a small business is all about solving problems. Be it a customer, competitor, or employee, you have to deal with a boatload of things regularly to run your business successfully.
None can learn ‘how to run a business successfully’ from reading a business book or watching a video.
You need to do things yourself to figure out the right strategy to overcome roadblocks.
However, you can learn from your fellow business owners who have gone through similar situations. This is the reason why being part of a community is a must for small business owners – you will get first-hand advice.
As Marquesa Pettway said,
If you provide an experience, you elevate your community.
They say – entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. You have to wear multiple hats, do more works than your employees do, and sacrifice your work-life balance. And if you keep on doing these things for a long, you’re going to get burnout. Yes, my friend, entrepreneurial burnout is a real thing.
Walking alone on the entrepreneurial path, you might lose focus off and on due to overwhelming tasks.
Che Brown said,
Consistency is the key.
You cannot achieve your ultimate business goals if you’re not consistent. And Having a community of business owners to look up to when you need any support can keep you on the right track.
In other words, a community can help you maintain consistency.
Diversity offers multiple benefits. Different perspectives, unique ideas, and creativity are just a few to mention.
Joining a good community simply means you are going to meet business owners:
- Who are from diverse personal backgrounds
- Who have overcome different business challenges
When you interact with these business owners, you are most likely to have different views. And views change thinking.
As Core Kupfer said,
You hear that different view, and you have different thinking.
Community is essential for the success of small business owners. Many community events are organized to address particular challenges.
If you want to get better at some business aspects, picking the right community can help.
As Diana Darling helps people in her virtual cafe.
Someone said I’m not managing my time. So I had a guest speak about that.
You can check the video recording of the Community Leaders forum below:
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