If running a successful, grown-up and profitable business was easy, everyone would be doing it.
I know that managing a business is lonely. No one to share your fears or concerns with or to help you solve problems. Most of you have supportive partners at home but you just don’t want to bring your work home with you. Where would Lord Sugar be without Margaret and Nick? Getting good people around you is crucial.
Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it’s a strength. Everyone needs help. The economy can’t make up its mind so, now is the perfect time to review your support network. Whether its staff, advisors, funders, outsourcers, experts, a sounding board or a shoulder to cry on, you’re going to need help.
Now assess any gaps. Do you need someone to be your boss or hold you accountable; do you need technical help, training, coaching or mentoring? In the UK many people mistakenly think that mentoring is free, if it is make sure you are getting what you need and that the mentor is qualified. A mentor is a person who has been there, done it and got the t-shirt whereas a coach will guide, challenge, hold you to account, up-skill you and help you make the right decisions. A consultant will do it for you.
Set your objectives; interview candidates just as if you are recruiting a new member of staff. Get recommendations and references before committing to any financial outlay.
You don’t have to do it alone. There’s lots of help available to SMEs. Here are some of the public and private sector support you can access; some free, some part-paid others fully paid for. This does change over time.
Public Sector Support
Private Sector Support
Every person you talk to is an opportunity to learn and get some help; even your clients. Ask them questions about their business, learning more about them will help you provide a better service. And they’ll probably consider you as one of their expert panels!
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