Posted: Thu 20th Apr 2023
Enterprise Nation have a huge number of expert small business advisers, but why should you get in contact with one of them?
Of course, the end goal for all of those reaching out to advisers is to receive fantastic small business support. But if you’re sitting there contemplating whether it’s worth it to hit that Connect button, give this article a read.
Allow yourself to accept you can’t do it all!
As business owners, it’s tempting to try and solely cover all bases, even with the weight of the world on your shoulders. But sometimes it’s best to simply admit you can’t do everything yourself.
Karen Watkins’ brilliant article Why do business owners struggle asking for help encapsulates exactly why it’s so important to reach out and find that right person to help support your business.
Finding yourself a trusted lieutenant can help alleviate stress, improve productivity and most likely save money along the way. Never be afraid to ask for help! This is where Enterprise Nation advisers come into play…
Reap the benefits of a free discovery call
This is your chance to have a short introductory call with an adviser that catches your eye. Do you have a rapport with them? Are they offering what you’re looking for?
Remember, advisers’ time generally isn’t free, so it’s imperative to make the most of the discovery call in order to get the very best idea of how they can benefit you and your business.
You should also come prepared. The adviser is likely to ask you a number of questions themselves:
What type of business (or business idea) do you have?
What are your goals? What problem are you trying to solve?
When would you like to achieve your goals?
How and when would you like to communicate with the adviser?
Giving the adviser detailed and accurate information will allow them to better understand, ahead of the call, what support you need.
When looking to source support and advice for your small business, getting the opportunity to connect with an adviser and have a free, introductory conversation is gold dust. So come prepared, ask plenty of questions and you’ll click with the perfect mentor in no time.
Once you’ve found an adviser who ticks your boxes, head to their profile, hit Connect and you’ll be able to request a free discovery call.
Send messages and request quick quotes
Rather than taking a stab in the dark and emailing individual advisers for quotes for their services, we’ve made this process much easier.
Enterprise Nation members can now message an adviser at any point, which allows for a more back-and-forth dialogue. Not only can you have a preliminary chat about how the adviser can provide support for your business, but they can also send you quotes quickly and easily.
We encourage all our Enterprise Nation advisers to be incredibly active through the platform due to the large number of requests and messages many of them receive, so be sure to make full use of the functionality.
Once you’ve found an adviser and hit Connect, you’ll be able to get the conversation started.
Receive honest feedback
The beauty of connecting and working with an adviser is that they’ll say things exactly how they are.
While you can still benefit from their services at any time, having an objective and impartial (not to mention, hugely knowledgeable) mentor to lean on for advice and constructive feedback can pay serious dividends.
When you’re serious about building a business, the last thing you want is for a mentor to sugar-coat what are often harsh realities. Instead, direct feedback, provided by somebody who knows your industry like the back of their hand, is the order of the day.
It’s harder than you think finding somebody to provide such feedback without any semblance of vested interest. Focus groups fulfil certain roles in this area, but don’t provide the convenience or straight-shooting observations of a trusted adviser.
Connecting with an adviser can change your business. Whether you’re tentatively exploring options or dead set on working with that specific somebody, there’s always a reason to get in touch with one of the many trusted advisers on Enterprise Nation.