How to Win Support of Friends, Family and Strangers for Your Next Business Idea

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You know the feeling. You have an idea for a business. You’re excited about it, but you worry that no one will support you.

No one knows the idea better than you do, so why on earth do you think they’ll believe in you?

You’re right. No one else knows the idea better than you. And, if you’re looking for friends and family to support you, you’re not alone.

No one knows the idea better than you. But if you’re looking for friends and family to support you, you’re not alone.

You’ve heard the saying “Nobody can hear your idea until you say it out loud.” It’s true.

You’ve probably heard other people say the same thing. It’s a good way to think about it, but it’s not how it works.

You’re not just saying your idea out loud to people. You’re saying it to the world. And, people are listening.

You are a unique and valuable person. You’re a member of a community. And, that’s good news for you.

You’re not alone in the world. You can find people who can support you. You can find people who will believe in your idea and help you get it off the ground.

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The People and Places You Should Reach Out to for Support

 

You want your friends, family, and community to support you when you start your own business. To make sure you find the right people to support you, you need to think about how you can reach out to them.

We call these people ‘connectors.’ Connectors are people who have the skills, contacts, knowledge, or resources you need to get started in your business.

Your network is a great place to start. You have close friends and family members to who you can reach out to. But, where can you find the right people to support you?

If you want to get support for your new business idea, you need to find people who:

 

  • Have the skills, contacts, or knowledge you need to succeed in your business
  • Are in a position to help you with your business
  • Are willing to help you

 

How to Ask for Support

 

The best way to get support from your friends, family, and community members is to ask for it.

While it’s great to think about who in your network might be good support for you, you also want to think about how to approach them. You want to make your request for support from a woman-to-woman perspective.

You want to find a way to ask for support that emphasizes your value as a woman.

Why does that matter? How about because it makes a difference.

Women tend to receive less support than men. Most people assume that women are more likely to ask for support.

Why is that? Let’s discuss.

First, let’s talk about you as a woman. Your gender affects the support you get in many ways.

Here are some of the ways your gender affects the support you get:

 

  • You might receive less support because people assume you’ll take less risk than a man.
  • You might receive less support because people assume you need help more than men.
  • You might receive less support because people are afraid you might “go crazy” if you don’t get support.
  • You might receive less support because people feel more pressure to give you support if you’re a woman.
  • You might receive less support because people assume you’ll “never ask for anything again.”

 

From this list, you can see that receiving support is influenced by many factors. And, some of those factors are influenced by your gender.

 

So, what do you do? How do you approach people and ask for support?

There are a few different things you can do. Here are a few different ways you can ask for support:

 

  • Let people know you need help. This is a safe and easy way to start conversations about your business.
  • Ask for help. This will make people feel pressured, but you can also clarify that you’re happy to do it yourself if you need to.
  • Ask for support. This will make people feel pressured, but you can also clarify that you’re happy to do it yourself if you need to.

Ask for advice. This will make people feel pressured, but you can also clarify that you’re happy to do it yourself if you need to.

  • And, this list is only scratching the surface. There are endless ways you can approach people in your network for support.

 

If you want your friends, family, and community to support you when you start your new business, don’t wait until you need them. You can let them know you need their support now.

That means thinking about how you can approach your network. What will you do? How will you make your request? How will you get your supporters to believe in you?

Get your supporters to believe in you. Let them know they can count on you to support them. And, remember – never go into a relationship expecting the other person to change. You’re joining forces because you want to make your business a success.

 

How to Win Friends and Supporters for Your New Business Idea

 

Win friends and supporters for your business need to start with an honest assessment of yourself and your business.

You need to start with a self-assessment. That’s your job. You need to look in the mirror and ask yourself these questions.

You want to start by being honest with yourself about your business skills. You want to be honest about what you know, don’t know, and how you plan to get help. You can do this by answering these questions.

And, if you have a plan to get help, you need to have this plan explained to you in a way you can understand and believe in. You need to find someone who can help you get this plan off the ground.

You can get this help from mentors. Mentors can help you get this business plan off the ground. You can find mentors who:

 

  • Have the skills, contacts, or knowledge you need to succeed in your business
  • Are in a position to help you with your business
  • Are willing to help you

 

Bottom line

 

If you want your friends, family, and community to support you when you start your own business, you have to reach out to them. You have to find ways to ask for support from them. And, once you get their support, you have to win their support.

Taking the time to show people that you’re worthy of their support is worth the effort. That’s why it’s important to be prepared for your friends, family, and community to support you.

Reach out to them and let them know you need their support. Be ready for them to believe in you, and work hard to earn that belief.

Imagine presenting a business idea that everyone loves and believes this business will help me.

Imagine being viewed as a serious entrepreneur the first time you open your mouth instead of feeling like your credibility is being questioned.

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