As an entrepreneur, questions you’ve never considered and scenarios you’ve never encountered are constantly bubbling up. No matter what your background may be and no matter how many resources you have available, there are times when soliciting advice from seasoned professionals is the best course of action.
It might be a good idea to seek counsel from a lawyer to help you understand a term sheet, and it’s great to retain an accountant when first diving into payroll details. This kind of consultation often comes with a price tag that may not be practical at times, so seeking out alternative sources might be the only viable route. But no matter what stage of business your venture is in, sometimes the most valuable, relevant advice can come from those who have been in your shoes.
So how should entrepreneurs approach their peers to solicit advice? For part one of a two-part series, we’ll look at how to ask a busy entrepreneur for their expertise:
Applying these simple rules will increase the likelihood of getting your questions answered by peers in the business community. When seeking out like-minded entrepreneurs, nothing beats a personal connection that has been nurtured over time, but there are plenty of ways to connect with valuable resources. Incubators, masterminds and professional networks are easy ways to make a personal connection with people who are at similar stages in their venture and experiencing similar problems.
Check back in soon for part two, which will cover what to do with feedback and how to keep those relationships you’ve built alive for long-term mentorship.
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