When you work in your own business, particularly one that you have started from scratch, or one that you run at home alone, it can be lonely.  It can be highly pressured- there is no one to blame but you when something goes wrong.  There is no one else to make those sales calls, or resolve a client complaint.  It can feel unrewarded, particularly when you are working your butt off for less money than you were making at your last job.  It can feel like the dream that you had for that “lifestyle business” that everyone wants and everyone thinks is so easy to get is drifting further and further away as you find yourself working nights, weekends, ignoring the kids and your own four legged family…

Your friends often don’t understand your commitments with the business.  Some of mine still think I have become one of those “ladies that lunch”, that I don’t still work in my office Monday to Friday, often times for hours longer than they do!  I bet you often hear the remark, “Oh, but you must have time to help me, you have your own business, work your own hours…”

I’m lucky, my partner is very supportive of how I have built my own businesses, let me make my own mistakes and decisions without criticism or cynicism.  But to be honest, sometimes he is too supportive, too much on my side and doesn’t offer enough of a kick up the butt when I need it.

That’s why I have a mentor and a coach.  My mentor is there to be on my side and support me with my business growth and direction.  She is there to give me a kick up the butt when I need it. She is there to teach me, to challenge me, to push me, to guide me and to inspire me.

My mentor is like a business partner.

My mentor is like my best friend- always honest, with my best interests at heart.

My mentor is the person holding the torch to shine the way when I get lost in the dark or take a wrong turn.

My mentor truly wants me to not only have the best business I can, but lead the best life that I can as well.

My mentor makes me ask the hard questions I would rather avoid, but I know deep down I need to know the answers to.

My mentor is always, ALWAYS on my side.

Without my mentor, I honestly would not be where I am today.  So thankyou, Nicola.  You’re awesome, and you set such a great example for me to follow. :)

Anita xx

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Written by Anita Marchesani
I've come to small business the long way round- but enjoyed and learned from every single step. I learned about the power of Media during a BA and while working in Film&TV. I learned about the hard graft while groom for an international eventer in the UK. I learned organisation and staff management from running hundreds of weddings both here and in the UK. I learned from the mistakes of my first business that failed, to create an e-commerce success story, and now I'm here to help you have even greater success in your business. Oh, and I dance to really loud music like a crazy bastard.