Up a Creek Without a Paddle? How to Know When to Ask for Help!

The origin of the term “Up a creek without a paddle” is widely unknown, but many people believe it came from England. Luckily, you don’t have to understand the origin of the term to understand the meaning.

To put it simply, “Up a creek without a paddle” means that you are STUCK. As in, can’t turn around, can’t get out, can’t swim your way to shore unless someone helps you. Alone — you’re out of luck.

When working your business, there are times where you may feel up a creek without a paddle. And unfortunately, there might be times when you indeed are.

In those moments, you NEED to ask for help from other professionals to get your canoe turned around, a paddle in your hand, and yourself headed in the right direction.

Get Help When Your Budget is Unmanageable

The first time most business owners realize they need help is when they find themselves swimming in receipts and not money. Somehow, their spending and shiny object syndrome got the best of them, and they now have more technology upgrades, subscription services, and business management applications than they do clients. If you find yourself feeling even slightly overwhelmed about your budget, now is the time to ask for help — before you get in too far over your head.

Get Help When You Don’t Enjoy Your Clients

Gasp!!! It sucks when you realize that you aren’t enjoying the self-employed life you’ve created for yourself. But, don’t worry — it’s likely because you aren’t sourcing the correct clients!

If you find yourself dreading wading through client emails or working with your current clientele, now is the time to ask for help!

Finding your dream clients is possible!

Get Help When You have job title confusion

Have you ever tried to explain to someone what it is that you do, and then realize you aren’t precisely sure yourself? Yeah?

That’s probably a good sign you need to ask for help!

Narrowing down your niche is extremely powerful in creating a business that is both enjoyable and successful.

The bottom line.

It’s never too early to ask for help. Getting a head start on creating focus in your business will help to prevent finding yourself up a creek without a paddle.

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Jen McFarland is a business owner, business advisor, podcaster, blogger, and project turnaround artist. She’s helped hundreds of businesses and thousands of podcast listeners make better business decisions. Jen’s passion is helping women business owners overcome leadership and technology struggles.

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