CALLING ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS – TAKING IT ON THE ROAD
December 23, 2010
Tip 4: Taking it on the Road
Now that you’ve got some information under your belt it’s about time to get out there and talk to seasoned entrepreneurs. Take a look at your contacts and see who might have some good information about being self-employed. It’s a good idea to speak to as many people, in as many different industries as possible. Get a wide variety of opinions and even seek out those who haven’t been as successful as they would have liked.
First things first…
Write a list of pointed questions. You might want to use some of the following:
What is it really like to run their own business.
What have been their biggest challenges, surprises and failures?
What would they have done differently?
Where did they find their greatest source of knowledge?
What have been their best resources?
What has been the most important skill that they’ve had to call on, repeatedly?
What do they wish they had done before becoming self employed that they didn’t do?
What skills did they wish they had?
What has been their greatest source of inspiration?
What’s the best advice they have to offer a new business owner?
What current and future trends do they see on the horizon?
Listen hard to their answers and any comments they make. I’m sure if you ask enough people you’ll see patterns start to form.
Mine Their Databases – Ask for Referrals
It’s a good idea to also ask them for referrals for business services that you might need. Don’t make the mistake of only seeking out free services. Sometimes it’s more cost effective to pay for services rather than settling something lesser for free or trying to do everything yourself. A professional can often save you lots of money in the long run while providing optimum service and valuable advice.
Tune in Tomorrow for Tip 5: Pulling it all Together
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