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Aug142014

Business Besties – Three reasons why you need entrepreneur friends

By Chelsea Duggan

Let’s face it you have a lot of friends. There’s the Mom you watch soccer games with to the Mom from your first playgroup. Great Moms that help get you through each day surround you.  So who is your business Mom? Don’t have one? Here are three reasons why you need entrepreneur friends now.

A great part of having entrepreneur friends is you have someone to commiserate with. Owning a business is a roller coaster and you could use someone to share the great moments but also the tough ones. Soccer game caused you to be late to a client meeting? Your business bestie can remind you that your client will likely understand and that there are other clients who will. Baby spit up on your suit? Laugh it off together and invent a solution to that problem for your next great business.

Another bonus to having entrepreneur pals is the insight you gain when you see firsthand how someone else did it. Patent application looking a little dicey? Your business pal will share their application and walk you through the process. You’ll gain knowledge from their triumphs and mistakes. You can ask questions that might seem intimidating in a large group networking set up. Surround yourself with those you emulate and you’ll find your business woes are fewer and farther between. You’ll also gain the courage to branch out and trial new product lines. Do it together with your business bestie.

You may also find an entrepreneur friend who can serve as a mentor. It’s great to learn from a pro and be part of a community. Look at groups like the Founding Moms to find that special someone. The great part about working with a mentor is that you’ll gain leadership skills and attributes that you will use when you become the mentor for someone else. Pass along the love and you’ll find it comes back to you in wonderful ways.

Entrepreneur pals in the form of a mentor, seeing the big picture through another pro’s eyes, and simply having business besties to commiserate with will change the day-to-day for you. Your business will grow, as will your friendships. What’s not to love about sharing a knowing smile with another great Mom?

Chelsea Duggan:: An entrepreneur, parent and advocate for early childhood development through creative education, Chelsea Duggan is the Founder and Director of Milestar Babies. This innovative online resource enables busy parents to have an influential impact on newborn children, up to three years in age. Chelsea's background in education - a passion she shares with her two children, so they themselves can enjoy a lifelong interest in learning - is at the center of Milestar Babies. That commitment to excellence starts with shared moments and teacher-designed lessons, which parents can further customize, so children can discover, synthesize and pursue their own discoveries. Chelsea believes that every child is an amazing individual, who deserves to learn at his or her own pace. This kid-tested, parent-approved philosophy is Chelsea's distinctive concept, complemented by the convenience of the Internet and her dynamic site. A graduate of Northwestern and a member of the Chicago Women Entrepreneurs Network, Chelsea welcomes the opportunity to interact with parents and children throughout the nation and the world.