It was 4pm and I’d decided to finish for the day. As I was walking out of my office, the caretaker jokingly remarked “my watch says 4, is it slow?”. A smug look was shared in return as I took advantage of one of the perks of being self employed.
Self employment can be such a solitary journey. A lot of people see the good stuff such as finishing early or long lunches, having discretion over what tasks you complete or being the main benefactor of a successful business’ profit.
These are the things that often attract people to going out on their own but the small business success rate indicates that maybe it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be.
We are heading into what could be considered an opportunistic yet challenging time for Advisers. That coupled with the standard day to day demands of being a business owner only exacerbates the upcoming hurdles.
There comes a time when we need to put our hand up to help, even when it’s not requested. Just like Robin is to Batman, Paraplanners and Advisers are a team and need each other to defeat the devastating affects of the meanies (as my 4 year old would put it) getting away with too much for too long.
Paraplanners, this is my bat signal to you. Advisers need us and we need them. Let’s put our undies on the outside, our hands on our hips and start connecting with Advisers to offer our support.
Think absorbing additional compliance work, helping them nut out a process for automation, connecting them with the right people or even just lending a listening ear. These are all just simple things, but every little bit helps.
We will get through this and come out better and stronger than ever! Let’s band together and deliver a knockout POW!