We all want to grow our Amazon business. I’m sure some of us even dream of having small empires of our own.
This is all great but there is probably one simple thing that most of us are missing. Something that will push you to take the next step, jump the next hurdle, and reach the next milestone in your business.
An accountability partner.
First, I need to recognize Brett Kyle for reminding me of this. Having an accountability partner can and should be an integral part of any business. That includes your FBA business.
In a past life, as an insurance agent, I paid a business coach (read accountability partner) a lot of money to help me keep track of my goals and ensure that I was taking the necessary actions to reach those goals. It was effective and I saw 30% gains in my sales volume year over year because of it.
Sometimes you need another person to kick you in the ass, make sure you are staying on task to meet your goals, and celebrate wins with you.
Ask. It is that simple. You should be networking with enough people that you could ask someone to be your accountability partner.
This person must be honest with you and agree to hold your feet to the fire. They don’t have to be mean but they need to be firm. It is their job to influence you to make the right decisions and take the proper actions to meet and exceed your goals.
- Find someone that is trustworthy
- Discuss your goals, in detail, not I want an empire.
- Set and keep regular check in time or meetings. They don’t always have to be face to face.
- Be specific with consequences and/or rewards for meeting or falling short of your goals.
- Regularly revisit your goals and tactics to stay on track
These 5 steps should help you build a framework with your accountability partner. You will want to go both ways with this. It is their duty to keep you on track but it is also your job to keep the on track.
If you need someone you can meet with locally, look to your friends, family, or people in organizations you participate in. Just be sure they are willing to take this as seriously as you.
If you prefer someone immersed in the Amazon world there are plenty of facebook groups, forums, and other online hangouts to find someone who is probably like-minded. Ask around, you will find someone.
I hope you take this idea and run with it. It isn’t groundbreaking but I believe it could help many of us grow in the years to come.
Now, I have two favors to ask. First, if you need a community to join to try and find an accountability partner come one over and mingle at Clear The Shelf – Amazon FBA Group.
Second, for those of you who have accountability partners, what else would be helpful for someone who is looking to form an accountability partner relationship? Please let us know in the comments.
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I have had an accountability partner for the last 3+ years. We have a morning huddle talk every weekday morning at a specified time. It is really good.
Mark, that is awesome man!
Good for you Mark. The devil is in the details. Can you say more? How long do you meet, is it by phone or live, what kinds of accountability are you doing? How did you meet, what has worked, and what hasn’t?
i love the idea. But my experience of this is that it usually drops off after time. the only way i have been able to do something similar is to have a coach or a group that is working in a certain direction. Every workshop i have paid money for that has set up partners has never panned out.
I think it’s a great idea. I’m not sure what the ingredients are that make it work like it has for Mark.