Sometimes, entrepreneurship can be a lonely job. Venting to your friends or significant other helps, but when you need more expert advice, where do you turn? Here are a few tips to make sure you’re creating a good support system:
- Don’t surround yourself with “yes men.” Many leaders like to hire a staff that agrees with everything they say and do, which creates a stale and unimaginative atmosphere.
- Try reaching out to other entrepreneurs and meet for lunch or coffee to share ideas or just to vent. Seek out some in your industry and some who are not so you can get different perspectives.
- Find a local organization to join like NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) or ask your city’s business development office for other suggestions.
- Look for a small business event in your area to meet new people and make new contacts.
- If you’re pressed for time, reach out on social media to friends and colleagues for answers to quick questions.
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