5 tips for finding useful resources in your business


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5 tips for finding useful resources in your business

  1. 1. Five Tips for finding useful resources for your business
  2. 2. Do you ever put off doing things in your business because you really don’t like doing them?
  3. 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. 4. But you’re just not sure how to go about it
  5. 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. 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. 7. The problem is you’ve probably never been trained to perform multiple roles
  8. 8. If you are like most business owners you will have training and skills relating to the core technical activities of your business
  9. 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. 10. Now here a really key point
  11. 11. Building a business… and Doing business… Are two very different skill sets
  12. 12. Having great technical skills is not enough to make you succeed in business You also need business building skills
  13. 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. 14. To succeed you must acquire a broader range of skills
  15. 15. Success demands that you become a fully rounded business person who can bring all these functions together
  16. 16. This means you must develop your skills over time
  17. 17. But how should you go about it?
  18. 18. What should you look for?
  19. 19. There are three primary places you can look to get these broader skills
  20. 20. 1.Consultants who sell high quality services But this can often be just too expensive for small business owners
  21. 21. 2. Government funded skills development Here you can often get a significant subsidy which makes development more affordable
  22. 22. 2. Government funded skills development But unfortunately many of these programs are not that relevant to small business
  23. 23. 3. Online, self help services Savvy business owners are using the wired world of the 21st century to get the winning edge
  24. 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. 25. So here are the criteria that I personally use to sort the good from the bad
  26. 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. 27. 2. Flexible As a small business owner you must be able to fit your skills upgrade into your busy schedule
  28. 28. 3. Practical As a small business owner you need help that is ‘hands on’ more than theory
  29. 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. 30. 4. Targeted Generalised information is far less helpful than practical help on the topic you want.
  31. 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. 32. 5. Quick and Easy As a business owner you want information which you can get to and use without lots of explanation.
  33. 33. Look for use of graphics, pictures or other visual aids which help you absorb information and relate to the topics discussed
  34. 34. Summary of tips: 1. Affordable 2. Flexible 3. Practical 4. Targeted 5. Quick and Easy
  35. 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