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Can Your Small Business Use Some Advice? (Enter a Contest to Win Some)
Anyone who ever said starting and running a small business was easy—never started or ran a small business. Every day we are challenged with decisions that must be made. Whether it’s hiring new employees, opening new locations, or dealing with upset customers, it’s hard to stay on top of everything that is thrown our way in a given day. How are we supposed to make mid-term or long-term decisions on where we want to go with our business when the first problem of the day usually greets us with our morning coffee?
If the above scenario describes your situation, I have three words for you: Find a mentor. What your business needs is a pair of eyes to see obstacles and opportunities that you cannot see. More importantly, you want those eyes to have seen the fast-approaching obstacles and opportunities before.
A mentor is defined as “someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person.” I think of a mentor as something similar to the GPS systems on our smartphones. Small business owners are all trying to go somewhere they haven’t been to before; it’s easy to get lost. Today, when driving almost anywhere, we immediately plug the destination into our smartphone and it tells us not only how to get there, but how long it will take and if there’s any traffic along the way. Imagine having the same technology for our businesses? That’s what the right mentor can do for you.
I have had the good fortune to work with a number of great mentors in my two-plus decades of publishing magazines and newspapers for business owners. I’ve learned many valuable lessons about financing, marketing, sales, growth plans and taking time to look at my business from the clouds.
Today, I’m excited to announce a partnership with Pitney Bowes Small Business that will give me the opportunity to give back to other small business owners. They have invited me to be a part of the Pitney Bowes Smallbiz Mentorship Contest which starts today and runs through September 22nd.
By entering the contest, you will be eligible to win a customized, one-on-one mentorship with me or my colleague Marsha Collier, a social media, e-commerce and customer service expert dedicated to helping small businesses owners run better companies. If you win, I will help you tackle your biggest obstacles, review your business plan, and make recommendations during the mentorship portion of the contest. To enter and win a mentorship, all you need to do is “like” the Pitney Bowes Small Business Facebook page and post a comment of less than 200 words letting us know us why your company would benefit from a mentorship program. Then, tell your friends and co-workers to like your post. Every “Like” helps your chances. The two winners will each receive:
- Three one-hour consultations via phone or Skype between September 25 and November 20:
- Evaluation of key stress points of your business
- Recommendations, action steps, and follow up
- Final evaluation of progress and additional recommendations for the future.
Again, the contest runs through midnight EST on September 22. For a full set of terms and conditions, please visit: http://blogs.pb.com/mail-solutions/2014/09/08/smallbiz-mentorship-contest/