A key success factor for small business owners is knowing when they need help. Do you reach out internally and externally to others when you think you need help? 

Assistance from others can make a big difference in getting things done, and not having to learn something from scratch if you can get help from someone else.

When you start a new small business, it seems like you need to learn a million new things. 

Well, maybe not a million, but it’s a very lengthy list of things you’ll either need to learn how to do, or get help from someone else. 

For example, small business owners are responsible for their operations, sales, financial and risk management, hiring and retaining staff, information technology, taxes and many other things. 

No small business owner knows everything about everything.

If you’re running a small business, think hard about what your core competencies are. Equally important is knowing when you need help. With the areas you lack competence in, you have two options: learn how to do it yourself; or hire someone or use an outside contractor who has the skills you don’t.

There is no problem trying to learn new skills and being able to do more on your own, but the compromise is the time that it takes. Knowing when you need help will ultimately help you run your small business more successfully.

Founder & President Jones Simply Sales, LLC

Dick Jones is the Founder & President of Jones Simply Sales, LLC. As a 4th generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners.

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