One of the hardest things about being a solopreneur (meaning an entrepreneur who is going it alone) is that you just cannot do it all (sometimes). I put that sometimes in because I really, really work hard at doing it all in everything I do. I cannot help it - as I have been training my workshops on how to answer that question, "What is your biggest weakness" , I constantly use my own example. "My biggest weakness is that I am a control freak with a type A personality and I have learned through my time as a project manager running multi-million dollar projects that you must trust your team, that you must rely on the lessons you have given them and let them run with it. This is a lesson I learned to help me be a better manager."
That is all a great story to tell, when you have a team. When you are going it alone, though, and you have this type A personality that I am so sure I have, it can be tough to make the decisions on how your limited time and resources can be spent. This gets most difficult when the solopreneur needs a sick day! I had to make a tough decision this week and it was due to a bronchial infection - I could only do so much instead of too much and I had to miss a big event that I had been so looking forward to BUT I think I need to learn from my biggest weakness question and identify how I can turn my "weakness" of being a type A control freak into a positive lesson learned for me as an entrepreneur.
I have to not be so hard on myself and recognize that Rome was not built in a day. I am getting better at this and at understanding that I can only take on so much - only so many clients, so many online course developments, so many training and workshop developments until I grow my business effectively. I need to be serious about getting myself an intern and accepting to let go a little bit on my social media posting and to have someone else help with that. It is funny because all of the students who volunteered to work with me, I told them the same thing - that they have to tell me how to let go because I am not very good at it!
I have to get better at it. What did you have to learn most quickly about adapting your working style from being an employee to being an entrepreneur? Did you find the same issues with letting go and getting help? My issue is scaling - I am getting more and more busy but not necessarily ready to hire someone full time but I do need to get serious about finding that intern. Hey, you want to be my intern? I promise that I am learning to let go! Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen