Obtaining business advice is a process that many entrepreneurs would rather avoid – they would rather ‘go it alone’. Often ego and stubbornness gets in the way of their own success, and people would rather suffer the hard times alone than admit that they could use some quality help. The irony is that this help is usually available for free and could be the very thing that keeps their business afloat.But, where do you go for help? Your government or local authority is often a very easily accessible source of free and valuable business advice. They have hundreds of business experts, investors and entrepreneurs on hand to offer you detailed information and support for free – all you have to do is ask!Remember, promoting enterprise is in the government’s best interest; it creates jobs, generates wealth and invites overseas investment. They will do everything they can to promote your business, and even offer interest-free grants to people under certain circumstances. Their advice and expertize is priceless and should be your first port of call when you are looking for help or information about starting a business.
An invaluable approach to obtaining business advice is to seek out a mentor. A mentor can take the form of any individual who has already achieved what you want to achieve, be that launching a business, obtaining a large market share, or simply keeping an organization afloat during a recession. Once you have found a mentor, you should try to understand how they achieved the success that you want you emulate. Specifically, what beliefs, actions and motivations enabled them to realize their potential.Once you understand what makes your mentor tick, you can try to assimilate her winning behaviors into your own life. This is a process called ‘modeling’, which is covered in extensive detail within the NLP (neuro-linguistic-programming) community. I would recommend not taking every thing they say as the objective truth; after all, no matter how successful your mentor is, she is still just a person and is as fallible as the rest of us. Instead, take her advice as something to consider and develop upon with your own experiences and understanding.Finally, there are a number of private entities that offer help to struggling entrepreneurs that are not funded by or affiliated with the government. Whilst some of these organisations charge for their services, many are free – they are usually owned by entrepreneurs and prominent business people who want to help out the next generation of enterprises. Sometimes they work on a charity basis and rely on donations, whereas other times they are privately funded. A quick internet search should reveal to you the location and opening times of any such services in your area.
There is so much free business advice available that there really isn’t any excuse for not getting the support you need. Do yourself a favor and get some external help today – it could be the very thing that your business needs.