I personally believe behind every successful businesses owner or entrepreneur is a community of believers who has helped them go higher in ways most people never understand. Running a business is not for the faint of heart and if you’re really trying to build something great you have a really different outlook than most. In recent, years I have really honed in what I am trying to do with my life. In addition to that, I only associate with people who want to better their lives. I cannot entertain people who are okay with being mediocre. One of the promises in the bible I stand on is;
..And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you… Genesis 12:2-3
This is a promise that I have always believed for my life and it causes me to separate from those who want to live a life lesser than that. Today, I want to talk with you about aligning your business with community over competition so you can fully see the potential you can live up to.
First and foremost, I believe for any business to truly be successful one most feel a purpose behind it. It should be a passion not just some way to profit. I am for purpose over profit. There has been numerous times I have turned down clients because I did not want to cause financial strife in their lives for my pockets. So, if you’re looking for a community to support you, you need a purpose behind your brand that others want to get behind. I have never in my life experienced so much love and support by others than when I really started focusing on my purpose in business verse making a profit.
Pick Your Community
This is one of the best things about your community, they are your’s to pick. You do not have some large social network with a million friends like Tom on Myspace to have a community. If you have read The Power of 10 Network ebook, its all about being around the right people and working together to build better net worth’s. My personal community consist of seven women who are part of my personal community. Then I have a community of clients that surround me and I surround them.
One of the biggest ways to foster community over competition is putting the time behind everyone. I know your plate seems incredible full and you just don’t have time to dedicated but you do. As, I discussed in Power In One Hour last month its about creating the time. Imagine if for one hour you comment, like, RT and read blog post of your community. Here is the thing people adopted or want to be apart of what others are doing. If 10 of your community members commented on every Facebook, Instagram and Youtube post it would cause others to want to engage. The same thing for your blog post and more. You do the same for your community members. This is increasing awareness for everyone. Just try it for a month. Set an alarm for one hour once a week to make sure you comment, like, share and more of your community members.
I am a firm believer in there are different types of support everyone needs. One that every small business owner needs is financial support. As a business owner, you understand for the lights to stay on you need income coming in. Creating a line item in your budget once a month to support your community is important. This is something I teach clients to do. Even if its only $20 a month make sure you are supporting someone once a month in your community. Everyones financial budget is different but if you put the effort to supporting the community there is growth for everyone.
Spreading The Gospel
How often are you repping your friends businesses? So many people are caught up in the competition aspect of there is not enough for everyone so I must not share. We al know the girl who doesn’t want you to know about the shoes she has on. Saying, these old things or they were a gift, knowing dang well they are Shcutz heels from this season she bought. Yeah, I don’t want you to be that girl. I am always tagging my clients and friends I shop from. Sharing on social media who I purchase from. Take the time to share your communities business. Highlight them a Women Crush Wednesday. Tweet about them and more.
There are billions of people in this world and millions of dollars to be made by everyone. We must focus on community over competition if we really want to see everyone succeed.