We Have Questions…We Want Answers

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Over the past decade, the Worldwide Web has become a valuable source of information.  The only catch is that you have to know what you are looking for or it can become a never ending search.  I’ve learned that in order to get an answer, you have to be able to articulate a question.  In other words, you have to be willing to dig and keep digging, until you can’t dig any further.  You have to do some kind of ground work.  Indeed, the Worldwide Web has put a lot of information right at our fingertips, but let’s be honest, it has also made us a little lazy.  Cut and pasting has replaced original content, and reading, I think we have forgotten its importance.

Indeed, the information you gather from the internet and research done can be very valuable not only to you but to others.  But the information should allow you to create even more and be innovative.   Once you have acquired the information, no one can take it from you, but it is important to be current, up to date and even a forward thinker.  It’s great to understand a trend, but it is even greater to start one.  I frequent quite a few websites on a regular basis, a lot of times, there is a cliffhanger, leaving me wanting more and then the subscribe option pops up.  Well, that let’s me know 1) that I am not the only one with the question 2) that there is still more to learn.  I started off following quite a few online business coaches and mentors.  I found a wealth of information, from branding, to finding my niche, to list building.  I have utilized it all but I am ready for more.

I recently realized that I need a business coach/mentor, someone that will not only push me but also hold me accountable.  But it took me a while to obtain the information I needed, find the audience I desire to serve and articulate everything in a way that my coach/mentor would understand.  Arriving at the decision didn’t come easy, I had to make sure that I was able to answer some questions.

5 Questions That You Should Be Able To Answer

What am I looking for?

I have never been a fan of  treasure hunts, but I did learn that it is easier to find what you are looking for when you have answered the riddle.  So continue piecing things together.  The more you piece it all together the less it will cost you when you request the assistance of someone else.  You have to be able to present what you have done thus far and where you desire to go next.

Am I able to do this on my own?

Sometimes when we begin something knew, we immediately think of all the people that we are going to need to accomplish it.  I always suggest that you first do as much as you can, before you request the assistance of others.  I say this for multiple reasons.  Some people will take an original idea and call it their own.  You also want to know as much about what you are doing as possible.  Indeed, we can’t possible know everything, but you should know enough.

What is my budget?

Questions and assistance can cost you.  Do you have a budget in place to cover the cost of the assistance you need?  Come up with a realistic budget of what you are willing to spend for a specialist, coach, marketing company, etc.  This will also let you know just how much of the work you will need to do on your own before hiring someone.

Who needs my services?

At the end of the day, no one wants all their hardwork to be in vain.  What may be a need for you, may not be a need for others.  We have all heard the phrase “Find your audience”.  This can take some time but it is important and necessary.  The good thing about all of this is that you can do it all simultaneously.  Report your findings from research (make some really good blog topics), develop a creative way to communicate it and utilize the responses you receive.

What is your motivation?

What is your purpose for doing what you are doing?  And money shouldn’t be the only driving force because it can take a while to see a return on your investment.  Sometimes passion has to be the currency until you’re established.  You also don’t want to spend tons of money and then walk away from what you have started.

Now that the questions have been asked, what are your answers?!?  Have you reached a point where a coach is necessary?  What roadblocks are you running into? I’m listening.

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