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You can't do it alone, folks
In another thread Joel talked about ACCA and PHCC, to name a couple of industry groups. This is another good topic.
Too many businesspeople got into ownership right off the truck -- and some continue to be the number one mechanic in their business. But many lack the skills to run a business and sadly, lack the cajones to admit they don't know much about business management.
That's why industry contractor groups are a great way to learn -- not only from consultants outside the business -- but from peers who have "been there and done that." Why do you think The Wall is so important? Yeah, it's fun to blow off steam and promote friendship. But places like these are learning experiences. We find answers to questions and ask questions for answers.
I believe the hardest step to asking for help is the first step. Acknowledge that you might not know everything and seek others who may share your experiences. There are a lot of very good groups out there that can offer great services. Some may be too pricey or demand too much of your time. But don't blow them off. Every group I know of has different levels of membership.
Grab whatever gems you can from your peers. Some of it is very low hanging fruit.
What were the words of that immortal song, "I get by with a little help from my friends..." The next line might be more applicable to some of the fun you can share with your friends.