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Going It On Your Own: Part 2 - Talking About Small Business Ownership

Lisa Printz - Thursday, June 13, 2013

Starting a small business can be a lonely road! If you have decided to start a small business, you’re going to need some help. This series, titled Going it On Your Own, will cover three important parts of starting your own business: 

If you have decided to go into business for yourself, you've got a tricky road ahead to navigate with family and friends. Even if you have the most understanding and supportive friends in the world, there’s still a chance that a miscommunication or a simple misunderstanding could lead to hurt feelings!

Read on for three tips for talking about small business ownership with your friends and family to make sure that your small business is a source of pride and success -- not frustration!

Accept that some people aren’t meant for small business

When you are excited for your business, it can often be hard to imagine ever working for someone again. And when you feel very strongly about something like this, it is far too easy to share your strong opinion with friends and family members. When you are in conversation about your new career and dream job, be careful to present the situation as “the best job for you,” or “everything you hoped it would be,” rather than announcing that everyone should follow your lead and start their own business.

Accept that some people don’t understand small business ownership

On your first Friday of owning your own business, don’t be surprised if you get a few phone calls or emails asking you to blow off work and head to lunch or run an errand. For many who work the traditional corporate job, not showing up to the office looks a lot like not working! You may need to explain to a few friends and family members that even though you’re at home, you’re working very hard and cannot take a break at the moment. 

Decide on a freebie policy

You can avoid a lot of frustration by thinking about your friends and family discount before any friends and family ask for it. It may seem heartless at first, but as a small business owner your time and your resources are more precious than ever. Sometimes When a friend or family member asks you for free services, try out the following speech:

Sorry, Aunt Bea, I can help you out, but my friends and family discount is 15%. I wish I could help you for free, but I can’t.

It’s a lot easier to say “no” graciously when you speak from your personal rule book, instead of just trying to dodge the question because you feel bad. If you feel strongly about helping your family members, another option is to set a certain number of hours or services aside per month. Then, be generous with your services until you meet that quota. 

Have you found it difficult to talk with your friends and family about small business ownership?

From the minute you make your first purchase, the team at ALL4U Vending serves as your trusted partner and adviser. We're with you every step of the way to answer questions, provide helpful suggestions, and be there as your business grows.To get started with your own small business as a vending machine operator, give All4U a call today at (800) 584-8887. Vending. Your way.

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