Whether someoneâ€™s just starting out in business, or theyâ€™re an experienced person in their industry, itâ€™s always good to have advisors and mentors to turn to when advice is needed or in times of trouble.
Most business owners receive plenty of well-intentioned advice and â€˜helpful opinionâ€™ from family and friends. However, good business advice spoken from commercial experience is another matter entirely.
Thatâ€™s not to say itâ€™s hard to find, but finding a reputable source in the Internet age is sometimes less than straightforward â€“ especially if thereâ€™s a specific problem to solve and time is limited.
This is why, for good times or bad, developing a network of peers or seeking out a business mentor can be a great idea.
Businesses owners shouldnâ€™t feel they need to operate in isolation. Developing a network of peers and colleagues is a good way to keep in touch with new developments, and theyâ€™ll have a great resource to access when you need input and advice.
Chambers of commerce, industry bodies, and â€“ if theyâ€™re lucky â€“ family who are in the same business are all good places to look for advisors.
There are also a number of internet resources â€“ like the one below â€“ where experienced businesspeople offer their tips for success.