Mentor - Either get one or be one
If you are new in business, I would encourage you to find a mentor to provide advice to you. A seasoned business owner has already experienced the ups and downs of business ownership. That person is an invaluable resource to bounce ideas to and to help you avoid costly pitfalls. Find someone who is in business (I suggest an industry different from your own) who you respect and just ask them to mentor you. It is an honor to be a mentor.
If you are a seasoned entrepreneur, I encourage you to pass on your knowledge and experience to those people just starting out. Remember how scary it was taking the leap into self employment? So many things to keep track of and so many hats to wear. How about being receptive to helping others realize their dreams by sharing your insights to help increase their chances of business success.
Richard J. Garcia | 02/16/2010