More alternatives to live/in-person coaching
…continued from last week…
Reputable Information Websites
It’s no surprise that a great place to find help and support is the Internet. Look for information websites that provide solid advice regarding your particular type of business. Also look online for professionals within your industry from whom you may be able to learn either directly (as a student) or just by following their blog. Professionally oriented social media sites such as LinkedIn provide a convenient way to quickly and easily connect with others in your field and get support from them. Question and answer websites can also be helpful. Whenever you get information online, make sure you know whom it’s from. You must be able to tell good advice from bad.
If you really can’t afford a coach that specializes in your niche, look for mentors among your peers. The Starting A Business 1-2-3 forums are an excellent place to interact with other members who are on the same journey as you, but may be further along on the map and able to provide valuable insights for you. Our guest instructors and content contributors also frequent the forums, often answering students’ questions.
If you find that you need more specific advice, you could also join an industry forum or membership site, preferably zeroing in on your niche. There are some good quality free forums where you can find a lot of useful information. Of course, they usually offer upgraded membership levels where the attention is more personalized and the resources of extra high value, but if you’re strapped for cash, start with the “free” forum and graduate to a paid version once the money is coming in.
Be sure to ask your online peers for referrals to other forums and resources they have found helpful. This may be easier in a forum that is not narrowly niched, since people will be more likely to share freely if they’re not concerned about giving away their best resources to the competition.
Knowing When to Ask for Help
An office or workplace is more than just a bunch of people in cubicles. It’s a built-in support system for each person that works there. Some people are good at certain aspects of business and others have different skills. No person can be good at everything, all the time. When working for yourself, you will often find it necessary to look outside of your office-of-one to get the resources and support you need.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help and don’t beat yourself up about it. Don’t be stubborn and try to do it all yourself. Realistically assess your abilities to see where you’re lacking and enlist help in those areas. Once you start working for yourself, you’ll learn exactly what those areas are and when you need support.
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