For most people, starting a business is a very exciting time. That being said, the technical and financial knowledge required to start a new business isn’t something you’re born with. In spite of this, some new owners feel too proud to seek out advice. They falsely equate asking for help with a sign of weakness, and would sooner go down with a sinking business rather than appear as weak to their peers. The truth is that there’s no shame in asking for advice. In fact, doing so helps you build relationships that can ensure your business’ success.
Ask Dennis Kahn, the president and Big Kahuna of Carson, Calif.-based Hawaiian Gun Rack. If it weren’t for the tutelage and guidance of mentors he met along the way, Dennis believed that his business might never have become a reality. Before HGR became his business, it was more of a hobby, and one for which he had no formal training or education. Although the internet is a wonderful source of information for small business owners, it can’t fully replace the need for old fashioned human relationships. Those relationships helped HGR mature from a one-man operation into the business it is today.
Dennis quickly realized that mentorship can be critical to the survival of a business, especially during the business’ launching phase. The longer and more time-consuming your learning curve, the harder and more costly your development process will become, but you don’t have to do it alone. Good advice is always useful, whether you’re crafting a solid business plan or managing your finances. With lots of hard work and a little luck, one day you will have the honor of using your wisdom to help someone reach his or her full potential.