Building a successful social enterprise on your own is incredibly challenging. Some manage it, while others need all the help they can get.
If you fall into the latter camp, you haven’t failed and you’re certainly no less a social entrepreneur than the minority who can fly completely solo.
The trick lies in finding third-party advice on which you can rely and which is subjective enough to make you think twice about every aspect of your social enterprise.
Reaching out for experienced, friendly advice on your business plan, goals and product is a great way to sniff out shortcomings and missed opportunities, and to identify where you have got it spot on.
If you still need some convincing, here’s the biggest benefits of seeking third-party social enterprise advice.
You’ll gain an objective outsider’s perspective
When you head into a business venture on your own, there comes a point at which you can no longer see the wood for the trees. Your business plan ceases to make sense, you lose faith in your product and you begin to think that it’s nothing more than a gigantic waste of time.
There’s a good reason for this, and it’s very common; you’re simply to close to your social enterprise to make every decision objectively. Calling on the help of someone who has no emotional connection to the business and who has the experience required to spot where you’re going wrong and which elements are looking good, is a great way to remove the fuzz from your head.
That person won’t have a bias and, most importantly, they’ll have the fresh eyes you once had (don’t worry – yours will return). That means they can look at everything objectively.
Guess what – you’re no doubt onto a very good thing indeed, and the process of getting someone in to give everything the once over is only likely to confirm the fact!
You’ll meet short-term goals
The only way you’ll ever meet your biggest goals is if you break them up into bite-sized chunks that can be tackled strategically.
These short-term goals are still hard to reach, but with the help of an external expert, you can lean on the experience of someone else to help see them through.
What’s more, that person will be able to assess the goals to ensure they really are short-term and achievable. If not, they’ll help you realign your expectations and set goals that can be met – sooner.
You’ll gain new skills
One of the best things about employing the services of an external business expert is that you’ll gain the chance to learn new skills.
We all have latent skills inherent with us, but identifying them and allowing them to flourish often requires a bit of encouragement.
Most external consultants and mentors are adept at finding skills people don’t realise they have. They’ll highlight the skills within you and give you the confidence to work on them in a way that will directly benefit the social enterprise.
If you’ve considered seeking external assistance for your social enterprise but have thus far refrained from doing so, we’d encourage you to give it a try!
The team at Inspire2Enterprise have many years of collective business experience and can help you make your social enterprise become as successful as it deserves to be. And, what’s more, your first interaction with us will always be completely free and non-committal! Contact us to find out more.