Emily Thompson 0:00
Hello and welcome to being boss. This minisode is all about asking for help and running your business.
Kathleen Shannon 0:13
So first we're going to hear a question from our clubhouse boss, Alicia.
Alicia Jabbar 0:21
Hi, Kathleen, Emily and the rest of the boss community. My name is Alicia Jabbar and I am a professional coach focused on helping people navigate moments of change in their personal and professional lives. In my work, I find the ability to identify and leverage courage to be critical to transforming change moments into launchpads of unimaginable success. Asking for help from others is a great way to build courage and see the rewards from doing so. So my question for the two of you is how have the two of you asked for help in running your businesses? And what was the impact of doing so both on your businesses and the relationships that were available to help? Thank you.
Kathleen Shannon 1:03
Okay, I love this question from Alicia asking for help has been something in my life that has been really, really hard for me, which is funny, because I'm the youngest sibling out of three, you would think that I'm all about getting help and asking for help.
Emily Thompson 1:18
Oh, you're all about doing it yourself. I'm all about the youngest kids are usually like, sorry.
Kathleen Shannon 1:26
So yeah. So I have asked for help and running my business. And really that is in the hiring choices I've made. But not just that, but in how I delegate. So one way that I've been able to ask for help and running my business is delegating far sooner than I think I need to. So that I'm never bottlenecking any sort of situation. But like probably two more to Alicia's question. One thing that I remember really asking for help for it's actually been a lot around digital products. And probably because I don't feel like I'm an expert in creating course content or running a course. So Emily, you were one of the first people that helped me with that you helped me actually not just set up the platform for it on a website. But actually you that this is how our relationship developed is that I was asking you for help every month just to have a conversation about next steps, and we were kind of masterminding it together. But then whenever we were ready to take the braid method ecourse to a whole new level, I asked Erica midkiff to help me with the content and organizing the content, we already had it all there, I just needed another set of eyes on it. And that was huge. It made the biggest impact that chorus has gone on to have definitely five figure launches every time we launch it. Whereas before I was making, you know, a few $1,000 every month on it now it's a lot more. And my relationship with Erica midkiff was totally solidified. We were just talking about on episode number 88. Whether or not that's released yet, I don't know. on episode number 88 of being boss, we talk all about friendships and relationships. And I definitely think that asking for help and relying on other people is a really great way to become friends with them. What about you, Emily? When have you asked for help in running your business? And what was the impact?
Emily Thompson 3:23
Yeah, so there's a couple ways so hiring people is definitely part of it either like as an employee or as a contractor or like hiring a coach like getting someone to coach with you as another way to get help and running your business or not so much in them running it for you but giving you the knowledge and and guidance for you to like better run your own business. And I think the thing that I want to point out here is, is really looking at the value of having someone help you in whatever way it is that they're helping you like do a pros and cons list like really simply be like super hardcore, do a pros and cons list as to what it's going to look like to, you know, for you to have to manage your business differently. Because you're not just tasking things to yourself, but to someone else. Whenever you hire someone, you're your role and your business changes, like you're no longer like the implementer of things. You're also the manager, it's your job to make sure that someone has tasks to do on any given day. If you are hiring a coach, it's no longer your job just to do the status quo, but to go above and beyond and implement the things that your coach your coach is telling you to implement. So I'm doing a solid pros and cons list. I think it can certainly help you move into hopefully what would be an easy transition into asking for help because it's definitely important. And what I want to point out here is not that you should actually even look at the cons, because you should but you should really focus on a lot of those pros because there are some good things that come from you hiring help, and and giving yourself the ability to grow and shift in changing your business. or learning that growth is not for you, which can certainly happen as well. And I think the way that it can impact your, your relationships with these people are numerous. Like I can think of multiple coaches that I've worked with, that I hired because I needed to know what was in their brain like I needed that information in my brain, but also because I really wanted to cultivate relationships with people who were much smarter than myself. And that has certainly happened many times. With employees, it's it's allowing someone else to grow in a field that they are interested in, which brings me great joy. But whenever things go sour, you can also really learn a lot about other people in that way as well. So there are impacts, they're usually positive, especially if you do your homework well. But it mostly just causes growth in your business and or yourself, and that's never a bad thing.
Kathleen Shannon 5:58
Hey, bosses, I have a really exciting news. Emily and I will be making our international debut in Toronto, Canada. That's right. On October 1, we will be hosting a live podcast recording from the freshbooks headquarters. And this event is totally free. Go to beingboss.club/Toronto to learn more about our boss weekend in Toronto. We're having a pre party, an after party. And it should be a lot of fun. These are the same guys that brought you the yacht in Miami. And they're bringing us to Toronto to you guys for free. So if you're already in Toronto, be sure to RSVP at beingboss.club/Toronto. And if you want to travel in for the event, it is totally free. So all you have to pay for is your travel and accommodations. Alright, we hope to see you guys there.
Emily Thompson 6:52
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