What is an Accountability Partner and Why You Need One
If you’re like most people on the planet, you probably set a lot of goals but don’t accomplish them all! Think back to 2020. How many things did you want to do (maybe you even tried to do them) but ultimately couldn’t get them done? Chances are, there are a million different reasons you could come up with for why you didn’t get them done. As we get further into 2021 a new trend is approaching that might be just what you need: Accountability Partners! What are they, what do they do, and why should you care?
What Is an Accountability Partner?
Simply put, an accountability partner (also called accountabilibuddy) is someone who holds you accountable. It’s easy to set it and forget it, but when you have someone checking in on you to see if you’re reaching your goals, it’s a lot harder to slack off. An Accountability Partner can be someone you hire, or simply someone you connect with using a service like Supporti. If you’re thinking they’re just going to nag you, don’t worry – you get to keep them accountable too. You’re partners, after all. By holding each other accountable, you increase your chances of success ten-fold.
Sometimes the lines may get blurred, so here’s what an accountability partner isn’t. An Accountability Partner is not someone who will force you to do something that you don’t want to do. They don’t micromanage your daily activities, and they won’t walk you through the process. An Accountability Partner’s job is to hold you accountable, not do the work for you. Ultimately, it’s up to you to make the progress you’re after. They’re just there to check in, see how much progress you’re making, and give you honest feedback. While telling, you what you want to hear might make you feel good, it’s not much help if you’re not meeting your goals. Honesty is key to being a good Accountability Partner.
Most people are a lot nicer to their friends and family than they are to total strangers. That’s why people already in your life don’t make good Accountability Partners. They’ll worry that if they tell you’re not making progress, you might get mad, and your relationship could suffer. At the same time, you won’t want to let them down, so you might just lie to not disappoint them. That’s not good either. The ideal Accountability Partner is a neutral party who’s not personally involved with you because they can be honest without fear of repercussions. This works both ways – no-one wants to tell their friend they’re doing a bad job either.
What You Can Accomplish With an Accountability Partner
Now that you know what an accountability partner is, it’s time to think of all the possibilities. What goals do you have? Lots of the goals people set are personal goals like waking up earlier or making time each day to read. It’s hard to get the motivation to do these things by yourself, especially if you have a hectic schedule, but if you know someone else (most likely with the same goals) asking you how you did, it’s going to be a lot harder to skip out on these self-set responsibilities. You can even find an Accountability Partner for long-term goals, like learning a new language or saving up for a vacation.
Accountability Partners are especially great for health and fitness goals. Thousands of people try to quit smoking or establish a daily workout regime every year, yet a lot of them fail on their own. They’d have a much higher chance of success if they had an Accountability Partner. Think of it this way: if your goal was to go out for a run every day at 7 AM, how long do you think that would last before you just decided to sleep in instead? Now imagine if you had a running partner. It’s a lot harder to sleep in when you have someone banging on your door ready to run. An Accountability Partner or Accountabilibuddy is a lot like this – they check in on you to make sure you succeed.
The same principles can be applied to an organization or business. Think of your business goals, like posting to social media, responding to customer inquiries, or hiring new staff. On your own, these tasks can be overwhelming and hard to keep track of. If you have an Accountability Partner, you won’t forget (or put off) these tasks. They’ll be there for you to help make sure your goals are met, track your progress, and make suggestions if you’re running into trouble. An Accountability Partner is perfect for nearly any goal you have, and you’ll be much more likely to succeed if you have someone checking in on you.
How to Find an Accountability Partner
You can find Accountability Partners for hire on sites likes Fiverr or Upwork, or be matched with an Accountability Partner on a service like Supporti, which we find to be an excellent service. We like using a service like Supporti better because being matched with a good Accountability Partner is key. Using Supporti is a very smart move because they offer one of the largest and best Accountability Partner communities. After setting up your personal goals, they’ll match you to someone with similar goals and that person is your Accountability Partner for the week. This short timeframe allows you to focus all of your effort on one goal, and daily check-ins with your partner. Research has proven that setting SMART goals are one of the most effective ways to accomplish your goals, and one-week intervals make it easy to measure your progress. Supporti is currently offering a free trial so you can test out the service, and they even have a referral program where you can get a $5 Amazon gift card for each friend who subscribes!
If you decide to shop around for an Accountability Partner you can hire, Fiverr or Upwork are going to be your best bets. These online marketplaces have Accountability Partners available for hire. Simply search Accountability Partners in either site and make sure to spend some time reading past reviews and don’t by shy too ask as many questions as you need while selecting your future Accountability Partner. Many freelance Accountability Partners charge by the hour and several of them offer “packages” where you agree to a regular schedule (like twice per week) and then pay a monthly fee. Prices do vary a lot and it’s mostly based on experience and success rate. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of options so you can find someone who fits both your needs and your budget.
No matter how you find your Accountability Partner, you’ll want to make sure they’re reliable, committed, and honest with you. At the same time, you’ll need to be those things too. Don’t put in 50% and expect 100% in return!
Making Progress & Spending Money
After you’ve had an Accountability Partner for a while and are familiar with how the process works, you can start offering these services yourself. The time commitment will vary by the packages you offer, but so does the money-making potential. You can work as little (or as much) as you want. If you’ve recently been laid off, or if you are working from home and no longer have to spend hours commuting to work, you could even turn it into a part-time gig.
In addition to Supporti, Fiverr, and Upwork, you may also want to check out public forums like Facebook groups or Reddit. If you are good at it, you will soon start to get referrals and the word will spread about your services. Before you know it, you could start earning a decent return for your work.
At the end of the day, the only obstacles to accomplishing your goals are the obstacles you that you choose to ignore. Attack the obstacles head on. Don’t struggle to make progress alone. Find an Accountability Partner right now, remove the obstacles from your life, and become your best self in 2021!