Good advice is one of the best resources that you can tap into for helping your small business succeed, and there is no shortage of options to choose from. Whether you need help with understanding government regulations or employment law to learning how to expand your company without accumulating a pile of debt, getting advice from people who know is essential. As you are seeking resources, tips-and-tricks and general guidance and support, make sure that you are learning from those who are successful in their own right.
There are many scam artists, fly-by-night amateurs looking to make a quick buck and gurus who promise instant riches out there promoting that they have the best answers to your concerns. Carefully choosing who you will listen to and get support from can make a huge impact on your future success. Look at who is running a particular website or offering a book or seminar. Do they have real credentials and a history of operating a successful business? Are they respected in the business community? Are they serious experts or are they just publishers of a how-to-guide that is general and basic? You will do much better by learning from real experts, real people who have learned the ropes the hard way and are now willing to share what they know.
Avoid websites or programs that tease you with a little bit of information and encourage you to pay in order to “learn more”. Avoid people who make big and blanket promises that are “guaranteed to work”. Use common sense when shopping around for guidance, information and support that can help you to build, manage and grow your small business. Visit government websites, check out reputable associations and explore what local colleges and universities have to offer. The links and resources that they will provide are usually very credible and reliable.
If you are serious about learning how to succeed in your efforts, then you need to focus your attention on learning from and following those who can be trusted. Avoid small business “televangelists” who are only out there to make a buck and take from you more than they are willing to give. As you are searching through the millions of search results that talk about resources for small businesses, make sure that you are getting your information and support from those that are credible and reliable. The quality of the support you get and the advice you receive will have a direct relationship with the direction that you can take your business in the future.
“Bad company corrupts good character” says King Solomon, and you will do well to follow his advice. If you are looking for good advice from true and established mentors, teachers and leaders, then associate and learn from those who have a real reputation. Good advice and access to resources that can help your business does not have to cost money, nor is it hard to find, and avoid falling for marketing tactics that are not at all going really help you or your business.