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http://www.onesherpa.com helps you find the right resources for your business. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Find the principles in doing this efficiently.

http://www.onesherpa.com helps you find the right resources for your business. This can be frustrating and time consuming. Find the principles in doing this efficiently.

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  • 1. Five Tips for finding useful resources for your business
  • 2. Do you ever put off doing things in your business because you really don’t like doing them?
  • 3. You know they have to be done You know you have to do them… Because there is no one else to do them
  • 4. But you’re just not sure how to go about it
  • 5. Do you ever feel like you have to be 5 people all at once to get everything done that needs doing in your business
  • 6. Well that’s probably because you DO have to be all those people In a small business you have to fill multiple roles
  • 7. The problem is you’ve probably never been trained to perform multiple roles
  • 8. If you are like most business owners you will have training and skills relating to the core technical activities of your business
  • 9. But you’ve probably had little or no real help in how to build a business or how to be a successful entrepreneur
  • 10. Now here a really key point
  • 11. Building a business… and Doing business… Are two very different skill sets
  • 12. Having great technical skills is not enough to make you succeed in business You also need business building skills
  • 13. If you are going to succeed as a business owner you cannot afford to get stuck in the operational side of your business
  • 14. To succeed you must acquire a broader range of skills
  • 15. Success demands that you become a fully rounded business person who can bring all these functions together
  • 16. This means you must develop your skills over time
  • 17. But how should you go about it?
  • 18. What should you look for?
  • 19. There are three primary places you can look to get these broader skills
  • 20. 1.Consultants who sell high quality services But this can often be just too expensive for small business owners
  • 21. 2. Government funded skills development Here you can often get a significant subsidy which makes development more affordable
  • 22. 2. Government funded skills development But unfortunately many of these programs are not that relevant to small business
  • 23. 3. Online, self help services Savvy business owners are using the wired world of the 21st century to get the winning edge
  • 24. The Challenge for the time poor business owner however is where to quickly find the information you need, right when you need it.
  • 25. So here are the criteria that I personally use to sort the good from the bad
  • 26. 1. Affordable Development takes time and therefore you need to look at the value you’re receiving and the cost you’re paying over time
  • 27. 2. Flexible As a small business owner you must be able to fit your skills upgrade into your busy schedule
  • 28. 3. Practical As a small business owner you need help that is ‘hands on’ more than theory
  • 29. Look for tips and help about the ‘here and now’ in your business which can be implemented and make a noticeable difference quickly
  • 30. 4. Targeted Generalised information is far less helpful than practical help on the topic you want.
  • 31. For this reason you need to be able to choose from a list of topics rather than a fixed format you can’t change
  • 32. 5. Quick and Easy As a business owner you want information which you can get to and use without lots of explanation.
  • 33. Look for use of graphics, pictures or other visual aids which help you absorb information and relate to the topics discussed
  • 34. Summary of tips: 1. Affordable 2. Flexible 3. Practical 4. Targeted 5. Quick and Easy
  • 35. This presentation has been brought to you by: An online global resource centre and membership community dedicated to helping small business owners succeed and prosper www.onesherpa.com