If you’re creating a business you are going to need help. At some point in your journey a suggestion from a peer, or an insight from an article could lead to a major breakthrough for you.
But where do you go for that help? That is the question we dig into in today’s podcast, sharing insights from each of us about where we truly find help in modern business.
Getting good help could be the difference between making progress right now or waking up in a year realizing your business idea completely fizzled out, so let’s talk about where you can get help.
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“Where are the best places for modern business help? Here’s our favorite 8”
8 places to find modern business help
- Mentors. As Steph put it: “trusted advisors, people I can go to who have more experience than I do. I was able to get under the wings of a couple people who had about 4x my own experience.” Mentors don’t come knocking on your door; you need to go out and find them. It’s hard to find mentors, sure. But there’s something else playing here: many of us just don’t want to ask for help.
- Peer advisors. Sometimes called “mastermind groups,” but don’t have to be. Could be one on one coffee meetings with peers. A network of peers you can talk to can be enormously valuable. Currently Corbett does this over email. Chase does it with a Slack group. Rubbing elbows with people who are “really doing this” can give you necessary affirmation.
- How do you meet mentors, advisors and peers? Attending conferences. Social media. Following other people’s blogs/podcasts. Meetups. You’re looking for an answer to the question “who do I click with? Who are ‘my kinds of people’?” A ton of mastermind groups have come out of connections in the Fizzle forums. This is probably the best way for most of us who can’t get to conferences often. The key here is likemindedness.
- Google. We all have an embarrassment of riches online that you can find through Google. So much amazing information. However, there are really important questions you know you can’t ask Google. So Google is exceptional for anything technical, but may leave you hanging on depth.
- YouTube. This is is Chase’s preferred method for searching online. Whether it’s a technical question about editing a podcast or a hunt for a lecture from a thought leader, video is his preferred method for input.
- Interviews with experts. There’s so many thousands of hours of interviews with experts out there! The only problem is who you’re going to listen to and how you’re going to find them. Chase loves in-depth interviews like those found on the WTF podcast. In fact, that’s what we based the Founder Story section of Fizzle’s membership area on — in depth, intimate conversations about the path of successful entrepreneurs. We’ve got about 40 of these inside Fizzle right now with folks like Leo Babauta, Jess Lively, Pat Flynn, Jonathan Fields and so many more. All available to Fizzle members. (You can signup here for a free trial.)
- 1 on 1s with friends. Having entrepreneurial friends can change everything about your path to success. As Jim Rohn always said: you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with. Lunches with friends can lead to major breakthroughs. Others of us without entrepreneurial friends in our home towns have to take things online and find online communities to connect through. See #3 above for help with this.
- Spend some time with yourself. Open up a journal and look for those valuable resources inside yourself. Steph loves this practice from Jess Lively. Another method Corbett mentions is the 5 why’s method for solving a problem.
Where else do you find help? Give us some all a fresh idea below in the comments if you have one!
The Top 10 Mistakes in Online Business
Every week we talk with entrepreneurs. We talk about what’s working and what isn’t. We talk about successes and failures. We spend time with complete newbies, seasoned veterans, and everything in between.
One topic that comes up over and over again with both groups is mistakes made in starting businesses. Newbies love to learn about mistakes so they can avoid them. Veterans love to talk about what they wish they had known when starting out.
These conversations have been fascinating, so we compiled a list of the 10 mistakes we hear most often into a nifty lil' guide. Get the 10 Most Common Mistakes in Starting an Online Business here »