When we need help around the house or in other personal situations, we normally don’t have an issue asking. However, when it comes to business, we tend to not reach out for guidance and a helping-hand as easily. Why is this?
Perhaps asking for business help makes you feel as though you are not an “expert” or leader in your industry, and it makes you seem weaker than your competition. The truth is the exact opposite! Asking for business advice and guidance makes your business stronger.
New ideas and new perspectives are powerful. They allow you to jump over your own obstacles so you can see things in a different light. In addition, help may equal referrals as well as introductions. If you are looking for new business or a different kind of customer, tell people! In general, people want to help.
Did you know that Baltimore County has a Small Business Resource Center? The SBRC assists business owners with a variety of subjects relevant to starting a new business, or growing an established one. SBRC counselors have real world experience and success, and are able to assist with developing business plans, marketing, acquiring finances and more. The SBRC also works to keep clients informed of relevant changes within the business world by providing workshops, seminars and tutorials.
If you own a business or are a business professional, do not be too proud to ask for help. There are plenty of resources for you locally.
The Northwest Chamber also offers ongoing business help through our Mastermind Program and Industry Roundtables. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about these programs.