Support Available For Small Businesses
As a small business owner, you will find that support and guidance are invaluable, however, unless you are surrounded by other business owners you may find it hard to know where you can access support. There is, however, a lot of support out there!
Why is support vital?
It doesn’t matter what you are facing in life, facing something alone can be terrifying and isolating. It can sometimes be understandable why some people choose to face some situations alone, however, overall facing a situation with support will often yield results much quicker than doing it alone.
However, this is not the only reason why support is vital. When facing a situation alone you can only rely on your own knowledge and/ or experiences. However, if you are facing a situation with a network of support then you have the benefit of their knowledge and experience as well.
We all know that everybody will perceive situations differently, sometimes this difference in perception can be the key that unlocks the answers that you just couldn’t see.
The Government (and local councils) do have support services for small business, what exactly is available may differ depending on your local area, support can include –
- Financial support – including Start Up Loans
- National Business Helpline – signposting and advice
- Local Support – GrowthHub/ Chamber of Commerce/ Federation of Small Businesses, etc
- Training and support programmes – there are several Government funded training and support programmes available in different areas
As well as support from your local Government and/ or council, you can also get help private in the form of a business coach or mentor. There are several people out there who make it their business to help support both new and established businesses with a wide variety of different aspects of business.
As always, before agreeing to work with anyone, spend some time following the person, get to know them, have a conversation, and ensure that you trust them and their ability.
There is a wide business network/ community both online and offline. There are a number of groups available which are set up in order to provide support/ training/ accountability/ and/ or guidance to both new and established entrepreneurs.
These groups can be extremely vital as they allow you to quickly gain feedback, recommendations, ideas
Finding the right support
It can be overwhelming, especially at first, knowing exactly what kind of support is appropriate for your business. Especially when you start searching online or asking people, you may find that everybody has a different (sometimes conflicting) opinion about how best to run your business.
The most important thing to remember is, that people will tell you what best worked for them, they will be giving you the benefit of their experience. However, there is rarely one size fits all, and what works for one person will not necessarily work for you.
This is why it is important to align yourself with those who you feel are giving you advice you believe in and are comfortable with. If someone is advising building a funnel but you don’t really understand what you are doing, then it is not going to work. If someone is advising that you cold call people but it is not something you are comfortable doing, then it is not going to work.
You need to understand the process, you need to be comfortable with the process, and lastly, you need to believe the process. If you have all that then you are almost there.