I have noticed an interesting mindset that seems to permeate many people’s minds. When someone famous mentions a product or service, people are drawn to look it up, think that it is cool, or encourage others to try it. However, when their friends decide to start their own business venture, that friend is often ridiculed or scorned. And I have to ask myself, why? Why do we often not support a friend’s small business?
When a Friend Starts a New Business Venture
Yes, we’ve all had that friend. The friend in direct sales who won’t stop talking about their product on Facebook. And from time to time, it might get a little overwhelming. Maybe they could change things up a bit. Maybe they are doing exactly what they should be. But no matter what, the reality is that they are trying to meet a goal or a dream. What type of friends are we if we do not support a friend’s small business?
I totally get that sometimes budgets, likes, dislikes, or any other number of things may make it so that it is impossible to support small business. But to scorn friends behind their backs, speak meanly of them, ridicule them, or roll their eyes at them – it is uncalled for. Please note, I have no idea if this is happening to me. But I have watched this same pattern repeat itself multiple times as friends have tried to chase their own dreams and goals. And it is awful to watch as the damage destroys friendship, self-confidence, and dreams.
Friends Support Friends
As friends we need to support our friends. This also means we should support a friend’s small business. That doesn’t mean that we have to agree with everything they do. That doesn’t mean that we have to purchase all the things. But it DOES mean that we should encourage one another. It means that when a friend does post about a product or their start-up business, give it a like or a comment. Encourage one another, don’t tear each other down.
Strong women (and men) build one another up. We do not need to prove ourselves better than others. We do not need everyone to do or believe things exactly as we do. Instead, strong women (and men) encourage each other. We cheer each other on. We offer suggestions to help build each other up so that we can accomplish our dreams. And we support a friend’s small business.
Support a Friend’s Small Business
So next time you see that your friend has started a new business venture, instead of rolling your eyes, cheer them on. Instead of moving past any post you see from them regarding their direct sales business or small shop, give them a like, comment, or note of encouragement. Let them know that you want them to succeed and support small business. Your silence? It makes them think you want them to fail or at least be quiet. And what sort of friend does that?