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It is a little disappointing that when you Google “Support System” the first link to show up is about life support. What about having a support system for you as a person or a business? Who do you go to when you need a pick-me-up? Who are the people closest to you that you know you can count on for anything? 

When starting a business I have found that there is nothing that is more important than surrounding yourself by people who are always telling you, “I know you can do it!” For FileNerds, there have been many times where we have just wanted to give up and quit because everything seems like it is all just falling apart. We have wanted to just quit and we haven’t even gotten off the ground yet. Our families and friends have gotten us through such difficult times and we value their compassion greatly.

Here are just a few things that we have discovered you should do when trying to create that perfect support system.

Surround yourself with people who truly believe in your cause.
– There will be many people who will say that you can do great things, but there will be many more that will tell you that your idea is garbage and will never work. You are going to need the positive thinkers around you when you need a quick pick-me-up.

There are benefits to starting a business with your friends.
– Now you can say, “You aren’t supposed to start a business with your friends!” but honestly friendship makes talking about business much more causal. There is no stiffness in the room because you have to be cordial, you just lay it all out on the table, and having a business can actually help your friendships grow.

Professors and faculty can prove to be great resources when starting a business.
– Many teachers actually have real world experience and it would be such a waste to just dismiss these great resources.. Professors can be incredibly supportive and have no problem in discussing what issues you might face along the road. Also, they can be great in linking you with the people that you need to talk to in order to get ahead.

Be positive and create your own domino effect.
– By keeping positive other people will be more inclined to stay positive too, because nobody wants to be around people who are negative all the time. If you need to be a debbie-downer (because it does happen to the best of us), talk with someone who is not involved in your business at all, someone who would not be affected by the negativity.

These are just a few things that you can do to keep the positive and create your own support system. We would like to keep this list ongoing so if you have any suggestions please leave a comment.