Get a little help from your friends to achieve success

Seeking advice and assistance from others increases the chances of success and the speed at which it is achieved. Relying on others can also relieve some of the stress and strain related to starting a company. Experts at The Maids®, the residential cleaning company that remains a model for the franchising industry, suggest ways to connect with others and reap benefits.

1. Studies have shown that mentors have a positive impact on a person’s success and goals achieved. Find a mentor willing to offer advice, introduce you to the right people to make the business grow or even invest in the company.  

2. Look to other entrepreneurs for advice about what worked for them and what did not. They might have templates for business processes or be able to connect you with those who have the needed expertise.

3. Local chambers of commerce or other organizations – women’s or Hispanic business associations, for instance -- offer a great way to meet other like-minded individuals. These organizations have programs to help you with the advertising, marketing and educational aspects of your business.

4. If you are a franchisee, lean on your franchisor. Your contract should spell out exactly what the franchisor contributes to the partnership. Make sure to take advantage of all of these offerings, including educational opportunities.

5. Seek the advice of friends and family: If they are willing, ask them for feedback on new products, branding, communications and anything else clients potentially will see.

6. If you want to be a better leader or simply learn more about business practices, take classes through a local community college, university or state or city entities. Keep abreast of what’s happening in the industry by attending conferences or conventions and meetings.

7. Spend time volunteering or sponsor a local event. You’ll meet friends and potential customers and make a contribution to your community.