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Life of an Entrepreneur, Share the Journey

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On your entrepreneurial journey, who’s traveling with you?

Small businesses require long hours, and you may have few colleagues. Especially if you worked for a larger organization previously, the isolation of entrepreneurship can come as a shock.

Turning to friends and family, particularly those who have experience in business, for support and advice is common. Your spouse or another family member may even be your business partner.

But when you own a business or want to start one, you have to do a lot of things yourself. Being your own boss is part of the appeal. At times, however, you may wish you had someone to give you a fresh point-of-view or advice on finances, management decisions, or some other aspect of business ownership.

That’s where the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center comes in.

ASBTDC provides one-to-one, confidential guidance. These consulting services are specifically tailored to your venture and free of charge. Whether your established business needs a competitive edge or you are a first-time entrepreneur, you can call on your local ASBTDC for help. Lots of business owners continue to work with ASBTDC year after year, through each new phase of development.

In fact, approaching your venture as a cooperative, collaborative endeavor will help you navigate the challenges of starting and running your business.

View your accountant, attorney, insurance agent, and banker as advisors, not just service providers. Draw on their expertise and experience. They may have surprising insight about your business.

Develop relationships with others who understand the unique challenges of entrepreneurship. Participate in a business association, chamber, or industry-specific group. Engage with business owners in your area. Online communities, such as LinkedIn groups and industry-specific forums, are another way small business owners can connect, ask for advice, and share ideas. Network, network, network!

Remember, though, no matter who else comes alongside you, you’re on this journey for the duration, and your business needs you at your best.

Prioritize your physical, mental, and emotional health. Participate in hobbies or activities that bring joy. Take time off to recharge — a short vacation, a weekend getaway, or even just a day off to relax and refocus.

Your entrepreneurial journey could be the trip of a lifetime!

The Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration through a partnership with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock College of Business and other institutions of higher education. All ASBTDC programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis.

ASBTDC assists new, existing, and innovation-based small businesses.

Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center
(800) 862-2040 | asbtdc.org

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