Using a business mentor is one way of helping you make the right decisions for your business, but there are other forms of support you could consider. These include:
Specific short-term business issues can be addressed through coaching which has similar elements as mentoring. There are many organisations that offer coaching services.
You can also get help or advice from other people in a similar situation, such as people of a similar age or background. When setting up a business, this is likely to involve contacting someone who is also trying to set up a business and faces similar issues. Like business mentoring, this can be as formal or informal as you like.
The wider world of networking allows you to meet a range of business people. You can do this at a local level - by talking to other business people in your area - or at a much broader level, eg through social networking websites and professional networks such as LinkedIn, Plaxo and Ecademy.
Sources of information about local networking groups or meetings are available from your local Chamber of Commerce, business advisers or trade associations. There are also Business Collaboration Networks - part of a range of support offered through the government's Solutions for Business portfolio. Solutions for Business is a package of products and services designed to help businesses start, grow and succeed.
For links to Solutions for Business advice and support, see our Solutions for Business portfolio.
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