Every business owner knows that surrounding themselves with professional partners and experts can make a big difference. There’s no shortage of small business advice out there. You simply have to know where to find it.
First, remember that you might want to step outside your specific industry. If you own a small real estate agency, for example, there’s a lot to learn from other agents. But, you can also learn a lot about marketing, accounting, design, and hiring good people from other industries. Don’t stay too fixated on your own.
Next, be open to all sorts of advice from all different sources. Read blogs and listen to podcasts. Consider writing your own so you can widen your professional circle. Attend networking meetings and join professional associations. You’ll find that many people like you share the same struggles, and sharing advice with one another is a great way for each party to build their own business.