You may be thinking that this is a strange article.
To me, the situation was extremely enjoyable to watch and the comparison loudly obvious.
With every story, experience and parable, there are the characters that set the scene. Mine was to arrive on a large cruise ship, full of friendly faces, excitement, and happiness. Bucks parties were in Pirate costumes while family groups chatted excitedly amongst themselves. No one cared how long the line was, the amount of time it took to confirm your ticket even. As they were all having a blast while waiting. In this atmosphere, the parable began to grow before my eyes, let me share how.
The bride to be had a grin from ear to ear, surrounded by love, support, loyalty and trust. These are all essential ingredients for the success of any new startup business.
Followed and led around by her six devoted bridesmaids, these women looked out for all her needs and even surprised her numerous times throughout the trip.
How does this relate to a business startup?
My first character “the bride to be can be likened to any new startup entrepreneur.
They are full of enthusiasm, hope and giggly with their dreams of future success.
“Giddy with their dreams of future success”
How important is it in any new startup that you have business partners who are just as loyal and devoted as this bride to be’s six bridesmaids? Partners will refer work onto you, give valuable feedback from others, forewarn you about networking gossip or even social media murmurs. They are at hand to encourage you when you are down and nominate you for business awards and opportunities.
“They are at hand to encourage you when you are down”
The four mothers present at this event were close, supportive and ensured that both the bridesmaids and bride-to-be were kept safe and aware of risks.
Their genuine concern reminded me of exceptional business mentors who value the need to give back to their business community. They do so by sharing their time and wisdom. This is not a one sided exercise, as often the excitement of exchanging new ideas from the perspective of their enthusiastic recipient reignites their own passion. A successful mentoring relationship is not one sided. There is a give and take between both parties, but a huge rewarding experience for all.
” Give and take between both parties, but hugely rewarding”
Mentors help you spend less time on wasted endeavours, they share their wisdom as someone who has already been there and done that. Helping you set the right priorities and goals. They also hold you accountable!
Ensure that just as I enjoyed a wonderful, uplifting and fun three day cruise. Your business is steered through the stormy waters of the unknown with the help of loyal partners and wise mentors, who will lead your business to the calm waters of success!
Amanda Hoffmann – Sensational Entrepreneur, Bookkeeper Extraordinaire and loves Social Media
Hi, I’m Amanda Hoffmann and live in Brisbane, Australia. I am passionate about business and social media. I currently juggle being a mother of four school-aged children and run three businesses in completely different fields. While challenging, I believe they keep me thinking outside of the box. I have always loved being busy and I believe it is a mixture of my “can do” attitude and loving life that allows me to accomplish so much. Oh, not liking to sleep much certainly does help!
I started managing my first business over 18 years ago but sold it when I decided to start a family. I was unable to envision at the time how I could run a business and still be a dedicated mother. Since I now run three businesses and have a large family, I have found being organised and prioritising is the secret to success.
What are my businesses you might ask? My Office Books Virtual Bookkeeping, Kidd House Accommodation specialising in fully furnished accommodation for both students and professionals and Co-Founder of a new Social Media start-up called The Likeability Company helping SME’s get the most out of using social media and building communities.
I would like to share my experience in small business and answer any questions you might have regarding office organisation, cloud technology and share my experience in property investment.
I personally am fascinated by social media, particularly the fast pace of twitter and exploring the world of blogging. I invite you share my journey and get to know each other.