Every small business owner, past and present, needs some type of support. And generally speaking, they’ll get it.
It might not be a considerable amount of regular, on-going assistance or it could be the equivalent of someone holding their hand through the entire initial setup and growth period, but however much it is, it’s almost guaranteed that it’s going to be needed.
The problem that many small business owners have with it isn’t that they’re reluctant to accept the help (a lot of owners don’t want to take outside advice at first, as they think it means they won’t be a ‘proper’ small business owner, but realisation soon hits home!), but that they don’t know where to find it.
We can say that business support is available everywhere – and it is – but when you’re in a time of need and looking for someone to reach out to, it’s completely understandable if you don’t know where to turn.
However, this is so often because you’re in a state of panic and – most notably – you’re looking for specific support services. Businesses or individuals whose focus it is to provide the support you’re looking for.
Whilst there’s no doubt these organisations can be fantastic, they can often take, at the very least, a couple of days before you can get to speak to someone properly, but they can cost a small fortune.
The good news is, these aren’t the only support services available and there are many who won’t charge a thing.
And one of the best places to start is as close to home as you can get – your family.
When we think of business support, we often think of experienced, knowledgeable and qualified individuals. People who’ve had years upon years of experience in business.
Sure, these people can help on certain matters, but a lot of issues small business owners have are general business or even life issues; issues that some words of wisdom from your nearest and dearest could help resolve.
What’s important to understand here is that you may not get a full and in-depth answer from your loved ones, but they’ll so often make things clearer. And that’s what you need, as when you’re in a situation where you’re confused, a bit of clarity would help you to find the answer yourself.
Understanding that even with clarity it can be difficult – if not impossible – to get the answer you need, one of the other best places you can look for free advice is the internet.
There are thousands of forums out there, for example, where business owners share their experience. A quick message on there might not result in a reply from a specialist in your industry or the subject to which your question relates to, but you could very easily get speaking to another small business owner who has been in the very same boat as you and who can therefore point you in the right direction.
And once again, this advice isn’t going to cost you a penny.
Whatever help you’re looking for for your small business, you’re going to be able to receive it for free – it’s just a matter of understanding that in some way, shape or form, everyone you know will be able to help your small business grow and succeed.