When I wanted to learn how to be a professional auctioneer, I found a mentor. Initially, this person didn’t really understand what was in it for them to help me, but now, after several years working together, we have a very mutually beneficial business relationship and even a great friendship. I cut my learning curve drastically by working with someone so experienced, and gained clients sooner as a reslut of it. (For anyone interested, see my fundraising auctioneering site, and is still in development)
When I bought my first home, I found a banker mentor, and in parenting, being a very young mom, I eventually sought out a number of mentors and coaches. It just makes sense.
Anthony Robbins said it years ago – Success leaves clues.
My wish for you in building your business and improving revenues is to focus on your strengths, and find others who have experienced success in areas you want to improve in. Then ask them if they will talk with you – do it formally or informally. Some small businesses create a board of mentors, others join organizations like Vistage and The Alternative Board. Or simply find someone – one person – who could impact your success just by talking with them on a regular basis, and then taking actions and ideas they suggest into account.
Drop a note in the comments as to your success with this. If you have already benefitted in this way, post a comment – it will help others.