While perusing the web for entertaining tidbits, I stumbled upon an interesting article. It describes the four people you need on your team as a startup business owner. I read through it, and completely agree with what they have to say. An Astute Accountant, Seasoned Attorney, Masterful Mentor, and Supportive Sidekick are all vital ingredients to a start-up team. However, those who are looking to start-up an online business need one more CRUCIAL team member! First, here are the top 4 as presented in the original article:
1. The astute accountant
This one’s got a head for numbers and is not afraid to use it. From state and federal tax codes to specific deductions that apply to your business, your accountant can save you big bucks and keep you out of hot water. This person’s most important skills include solid expertise in your area of business, a team-player mentality and a keen interest in helping you grow your business.
2. The seasoned attorney
When it comes to making sure you’re on the right side of the law, you want the voice of experience giving you counsel. Look for an attorney who comes highly recommended from other business owners and who understands your market and the special legal and regulatory issues you might face. Some businesses may need more than one attorney, depending on the tasks at hand (e.g., contract law, patent filing, etc.).
3. The masterful mentor
Having the ear of someone who has been there and done that can shorten your learning curve significantly–and prevent you from making costly mistakes. A good mentor doesn’t tell you what to do, but rather helps you learn from his or her experience. Mentors may be colleagues, former teachers or others whose experience you deem valuable. Look to your current network to find someone whose work and expertise you admire, and set up a lunch date.
4. The supportive sidekick
Whether it’s a trusted business partner, a beloved spouse or a faithful friend, you’re going to need a cheerleader when times get tough. It may be lonely at the top, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Having an enthusiastic sidekick–someone who is willing to be a sounding board and help you get through the rough patches–is invaluable.
And now I would like to add…
#5. The tech genius
This is the guy who knows how to hook you up. He knows the rules of online business and wants to help you be a success. He can tell you what to do (and what not to do) when offering your goods and services online. Amazon, Ebay, and Google aren’t just websites to him- they represent sales, customers, and ultimately dollars in your pocket. Having someone who understands how the internet works and what you need to do to make money on it is truly vital.
These five people will help you to be great in all aspects of your online business, and can help you to build a foundation of success for your future. Some of these may be selected for you- your sidekick is most likely someone who is a part of your life, and has been for a long time. The same is probably true for your mentor as well. The others, however, you will be responsible for hiring/finding yourself. Talk to friends and colleagues to learn what firms they are using for these services and look through your rolodex for current contacts in these fields. Once you have your team, treat them well, because they will be the ones bringing your success- celebrating with you when there are good times, and searching for solutions with you when there are bad times. The one thing that all of these people have in common is that they are devoted to you, your business, and your success.