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December is coming quick which means deadlines are looming like the lights on your neighbor’s house that may or may not be put up correctly. Your small business is frantically working to get all the holiday sales, meetings, and gift baskets to all the right people. Everyone’s a little tired and then there is that one item on your to-do list that you have to get a jump on: The staff holiday party.
The world is improved by great ideas, created and sharpened in community. This is why our pitch events have become such a staple gathering for our community. These nights have been an inspiring time of celebration and connection, where we hear from courageous entrepreneurs working on movements that are building the world’s best future. We’re excited to roll out a revamped and comprehensive pitch program to provide you with even more guidance and resources.
When you survey the world, it can be so easy to be caught by the trap of comparison and measure our progress or value against what we see in others. Wishing we had what they had or we were as far along as they were. Just as, if not more damaging than our comparison to others is the comparison game we can play with ourselves.
When building something new, you are constantly striving towards growth and working towards that next level success. In these times it can be tempting to measure your wins by dollars and cents. But is that ACTUALLY the most important thing? Or is there more beyond the bottom line?
When you are building something new, growth is always the goal. How you go about this growth is a constant choice you need to make. Namely, will you operate as a frantic salesperson or a patient gardener?
We’ve all heard it before. “The key to a happy and successful life is having work/life balance” or “leave work at work and leave home at home.” How’s that working out for you? Most likely our attempts at this philosophy looks like us trying desperately to compartmentalize parts of our lives that we feel should not go together, leaving us feeling carved up, torn apart, and exhausted.
A quick online search of whatever industry you are working in will likely bring up page after page of businesses or nonprofits working in the same space you are. But chances are you do not need to be convinced that there is competition. You know better than anyone. Everytime you see a new Instagram post or ad for a business similar to yours, you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach. Not the best feeling, right? Is there a way to change this?
When you are building something new, it may seem as though you are faced with this daunting question everyday: is there enough? Do I have enough time? Is there enough money? Is there enough of a market for what I am doing? Do I have enough people to pull this off? Enough momentum? Do I have enough motivation and drive?
Sam has it all figured out…nearly. He knows exactly what he wants to do for his business…he thinks. Maybe. It’s almost close to being finished. He’s not sure. Maybe he’s ready? The what if’s start running through Sam’s mind as he seeks to navigate next steps with his business. Has he done enough? Maybe he needs more time! It’s common to be unsure of how to navigate uncharted territory, and the what if’s come in HOT. Have we done enough? Are we there yet? There’s only one way to find out - develop an MVP.
Roadblock #6: Rushing Into a For-Profit or Non-Profit Structure Before Understanding Your Business Model
Lauren has an idea to run workshops in schools to empower and train teenage girls in leadership skills. She’s put together the program structure and is ready to pilot the program in two schools for a small fee. She wants to put a more formal structure around this idea and can’t decide if she should be for-profit or non-profit. There are pros and cons to both, so Lauren is having trouble determining which is the best fit for what she wants to do. So how (and when) should she make a decision?