I took a week out of my self-imposed ‘Start Your Business: Week by Week’ programme to focus on building the Practically Enlightened website. I love doing stuff like that – layouts, fonts, colour schemes and words, I’m a complete geek. A perfectionist. Obsessed. it’s not really ready but I thought I could be waiting forever for it to become perfect, so I’ve just published it and it’s there for anyone to see, in all it’s imperfection!
I’m happy with the results so far but I could do with a bit of feedback – please do get in touch if you’d like to make any suggestions. You can see the website and leave feedback here.
So I’m asking your your help…and that is an interesting dynamic. How good are we at asking for help? There’s often quite a bit of awkwardness around doing so. We don’t want to put on people, we may not feel we deserve help, we may feel that by asking of help we look weak or incapable. However, I think that as social creatures, we humans are somewhat predisposed to help others. Helping others feels good. The small acts of kindness movement, the Pay It Forward trend, these are proof. We inherently know that we are all connected – in helping others we are helping ourselves. Everyone is worthy of help.
I posted my blog about my business ideas on Facebook and my friends responded really well. And I was quite taken aback when many offered to help me with my endeavours. I like the idea of giving people who are interested the opportunity to get involved. By helping me with the start up, they’ll be helping me to help others. That is very cool.
One friend has a good deal of experience in setting up social enterprises, so I’m going to have a meeting with her his week. When I explained my idea to one friend – a psychotherapist, the first thing she said was that I had to put some self-nurturing aspect into my business plan. The next time I saw her, she told me she was going to give me the space and time for me to talk. Just to talk about anything, to have the chance to just speak about anything without judgement. Now that will be a great help.
Others have been looking at my website and making suggestions. Others have been providing me with testimonials.
The next step is to do a crowdfunder. The business needs a van, a decent phone, a website domain and, well, I haven’t quite worked out what it needs yet but I thought I’d have a bash at crowdfunding. It’s scary – I’ve no idea how to do it, I don’t know if people will be interested and I will be putting myself in that vulnerable position of asking for help.
But if I can’t ask for help, how can I expect people to ask Practically Enlightened for help?