Like you I took the leap of faith and I launched a business and a nonprofit (not at the same time). At one point in time my title has been the side hustler, solopreneur, small business owner, nonprofit founder, management consultant and professor. I have worked in three countries and in variety of industries, long before the trend of location independent businesses or the world of virtual. I have experienced some HIGHS and some lows and am still alive to tell the tale. I have been there, done that and have the t-shirt to prove it.
In the time its takes to have a coffee break you will:
* learn something new to help you be successful on your endeavor,
* be reminded of proven best practices, and
* understand how that new flashy trend really fits in (OR NOT) to what your are doing.
Grab that vanilla frap one shot, sit down, and lets work ON your business/nonprofit not IN it.
When was the last time you unplugged, even if was just for a quick coffee break, from your company or organization? If you are anything like me, you work all day and need just 10 more minutes to finish this or that up. Stopping to have a coffee break doesn’t happen often. Taking a mental moment and shifting your focus on something other than the grind is hard. Yet in still, I try to disconnect for an hour or so at least once a month when I meet up with my accountability partner. The two of us meet up and discuss it all over a cup of coffee.
Normally when we get together I find myself sharing some new research I read on better managing and growing our businesses. Then there are the times when someone calls me with a question or poses a challenge. Or someone is referred to me and they call or email seeking advice for their business or nonprofit idea. Or for whatever reason I find myself at workshops, panel discussions or in meetings when I hear BAD advice or one sided advice being given out. You see it is my nature to help and before you know it I have shared a few solutions addressing their concerns. Plus it really bothers me when people are sold on something that in the end was of no use. In addition too many times than not people are given advice that if they had known the full picture, would have never acted on the advice in the first place.
I have been helping others out for almost 20 years. Most of the time the dilemma boils down to good ol’ management. You now the not fun part, the stuff you tend to procrastinate on. Call is operations, management, fiscal management or leadership the hardworking small business owner or nonprofit founder sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees and needs help with the day to day stuff. And that day to day stuff is where success is made.
So one day two business owners suggested I become a coach because I helped them so much. As much as I was flattered I declined. You see I had been a management consultant and it was not my cup of tea. After they consistently encouraged me to reconsider, I decided a better way to be of service to my fellow business owners and nonprofit founders was to create quick videos sharing tips, information and best practices that can be watched in the same amount of time to have a quick coffee break. These videos are quick conversation about how to better manage your business or nonprofit in the time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee. Imagine being able to discuss and get powerfully simple solutions to your business or nonprofit challenges with a management consultant who has been there, done that and has the t-shirt to prove it as well. In the time its takes to have a coffee break you will learn something new or be reminded of proven best practices to succeed at managing and operating your enterprise or cause.