In business, it’s not just what you know but who you know, as the old adage goes. Rather than just surrounding yourself with whoever might seem to have some influence (which you should also do), you should also expand your network to those who have a more practical use. Here, we’re going to look at some of the partners you’re likely to rely on as you set off on your entrepreneurial journey.
The web wizard
No matter how internet savvy you might consider yourself, there’s always someone who can do more than you. Whether you’re just getting to grips with the net or you understand it well and simply need someone who can help you carry out those grand plans, knowing those in web design and digital marketing industry who can help you materialize them is crucial. Knowing experts in different platforms, from website development to SEO to content marketing to advertising, can help ensure you’re making the best use of each of them.
The tech tutor
When it comes to the day-to-day running of the IT systems that keep the business running, there are few partners more useful than a managed IT service provider. However, when you’re looking at how you want to incorporate your tech deeper into your business, whether it’s building a business network or to use it to better manage relationships with customers, that’s when you need an IT consultant. A partner with the rare combination of both technical skill and business acumen is rare, so finding one can give you an advantage your competitors simply don’t have.
The money maestro
Just as every entrepreneur needs to know a little something about their tech, you also need to know plenty of things about your own finances. However, when it comes to future planning and tax compliance, it’s too important to leave any room for error. Business accountants have all kinds of different functions and benefits to offer. Helping with your taxes is the bare essential but, beyond the bookkeeping that helps you keep your records straight, they can become a genuine advisor. Monthly meetings with the accountant can help you identify dangerous expenses, while also highlighting the financial potential of decisions or plans you’re considering, whether it’s scaling the business or finding the return on investment of new office equipment.
The ace assistant
More and more entrepreneurs are starting their first businesses with few resources to their name. Sometimes, they have no team and no office, but they can still make use of a virtual assistant. Most virtual assistants handle incoming calls, screen emails, and otherwise let you focus on the core business while they act as the face of the business. However, some take care of admin work for you to keep that from limiting your productivity, too.
As an entrepreneur, being able to see the benefits of the right connections are essential. Not just the service providers, but the other business owners, leaders, and mentors who could potentially open doors for opportunity or help correct your course. Always look for the value of those you meet.