Why having an accountability partner can save your new business
All the new tasks
A great way to make sure you get even the most boring and difficult tasks done is to plan them, and then have someone help you stay accountable to get the tasks done.
What is an accountability partner
It is someone who will both cheer with you when things are going great, but who will also push you to not get lost in the celebrations, but keep moving and developing your business.
Why it works
The reason this works so well is that a lot of people have a hard time staying accountable to themselves, but have no problem staying accountable to someone else. Gretchen Rubin wrote about this in her book The four tendencies (affiliate link).
You may know the feeling of having a to-do list of a hundred things, but can’t seem to figure out where to start. So instead of actually starting on a task, just any random task, you end up in fromt of the TV or on YouTube, or something very unproductive.
If you have someone who you told you’d get a specific amount of work done in a specific time, it is much more likely that you will start on these tasks a lot sooner.
How does it work
Let’s go with the scenario of you finding another business owner, you can be each other’s partners, and create accountability for each other.
There are some things you need to agree on in advance:
1 – How often do you want to communicate – daily, weekly or bi-weekly
2 – set a specific amount of time
3 – How do you want to communicate – in writing, by phone, video or in person
4 – Aligning your expectations
5 – A system to see each other’s progress
Can I have more than one
If you choose to have more than one, I would recommend that you have a different focus with each one. One could have focus on the strategic parts of your business and meet once a month, and another on the day-to-day tasks and meet daily or weekly.
Some people also use their accountability partner for idea generation, or to get feedback on ideas and projects they are working on.
Where can I find a partner
You can also look in the professional network groups on Facebook, in slack or maybe you have a local network that meets up regularly, where you can find someone to talk to more frequently. Before contacting people, know if you would want a partner who is working with something similar to what you are working with, or something different. There are pros and cons to both.
The last option is to choose a paid accountability partner. If you choose to go with this option, it is important to find someone who is a great match for you. Some accountability partners have a coaching approach, some have a mentoring approach, some have a soft approach and some a more direct approach. Its important that you know what kind of method works best for you for getting the best results for you and your business.
The benefits of having a paid accountability partner
The same goes for choosing another business partner where you help each other out, you need to be equally motivated, and you need to value each of your businesses equally.
With a paid accountability partner, YOU are the focal point. All the time is focused on helping you plan and work on your business, and creating your dream business and dream life.
You do not need to spend time and energy on someone else’s goals or business. Time you could otherwise be spending working on your own business and towards making it a great opportunity for you.
If you are thinking of working with a professional accountability partner, feel free to write me to book a free 30 minute call, to see if I can help you.
When working with me, you get a mentor kind of approach, where I always do my best to guide you and help you along the way. I am very direct and call things as I see them – But I do it with love, and to help you drive your business as far as possible in the right direction within the shortest amount of time.