Winning teams for small business owners

by • March 1, 2008 • UncategorizedComments Off on Winning teams for small business owners1215

By Philippa Kennealy, MD, MPH, CPCC

Kids’ leagues and amateurs can get away with dad coaches and ringside advice, but no self-respecting professional will try to go it alone in the quest for gold — correct?

Likewise, no matter how independently-minded physician entrepreneurs may be, they need a good team behind them for any serious business venture.

Even if you are determined to be a micro-practice with no staff, or a one-person consulting gig, you’ll still need a support team to provide the business expertise that no single human being can possess.

Here then are some suggestions for whom to invite to play on your winning team:

1. A supportive significant other or family member. Entrepreneurship is tough enough, but attempting to start and run a business venture without the emotional, and sometimes financial, support of family or close friends makes the effort seem monumental. Find yourself at least one raving fan — someone who will cheer you on from the sidelines when you’re cramping up and ready to run from the field.

2. A business attorney. The mistake many early entrepreneurs make is to turn to Aunt Sally, the one family member…

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