One of the challenges of setting up your own business is that you have to do a lot of new tasks yourself. Your business card could read: Managing Director, Head of Sales, Marketing Manager, Bookkeeper and General Dogsbody. There’s a reason start-ups are commonly known as one-man or one-woman bands: when you run your own company you often have to do five things at once, just like those multi-tasking buskers. It can be exhausting, but help is at hand.
It can be difficult for people who’ve just set up a business to know where to turn to for help. You can pay for advice from professional consultants, but if you don’t have the ready cash available to do that then why not try going online? There’s a wealth of resources for small business owners on the internet, from the government’s own website www.gov.uk, to those of professional bodies, such as the Federation of Small Businesses, and many other sites that are packed with helpful tips and advice for those who’ve just set up their own business.
It may not even be necessary to look to cyberspace for answers. Often advice can be close at hand, from speaking to your nearest and dearest. Friends and family are the people who you trust and respect most, so who better to use as a sounding board for ideas and a source of commonsense advice?
Many entrepreneurs, even the most successful ones, have mentors, people to whom they look up to, who have been in the same situations and had to make the same kind of decisions. Most people will know someone locally who runs their own business, so why not pick their brains?
But there’s a lot to be said for muddling through on your own. There’s nothing more satisfying than rising to a new challenge, by tackling something you’ve never done before. Nearly two thirds of people we spoke to for a survey who have set up their own businesses said they enjoyed the new tasks involved in being their own bosses. It gave them a real sense of achievement and made them feel more confident in themselves.
Being a jack-of-all-trades can be a good thing after all.