Being a small business owner is challenging and ever-changing. No one would expect you to always have all of the answers to every struggle that comes up as you navigate the muddy waters of small business ownership. Having a support group to turn to for advice and information is often crucial to success. These days, those old school peer advisory sessions held in dingy church basements are akin to Nick at Nite reruns – nostalgic and charming, but hopelessly outdated. The savvy business owners of today are finding their support on the web.
Here are some great places to turn to for helpful small business advice:
LinkedIn Groups. You’re likely already a member of the linkedin community, but are you taking part in any discussions in the groups feature? This is a great place to ask questions in a community that is tailored to the specific answer that you are seeking.
Blogs. There are numerous great blogs out there designed especially for small business owners –whether you’re looking for marketing advice, financial advice, or a smattering of it all, there is sure to be a blog that will fit you’re looking for. The best part is that blog owners tend to develop a community with their readers, so don’t be shy about posting comments and asking questions.
PartnerUp. There are even some social networks, like PartnerUp, that are geared especially toward small business owners. This is a great place to get involved in discussions on every topic under the sun, or even post a new thread in the forum. You can even search for and seek out members by specific industry or expertise.
Where to you turn to on the web for advice and support?