Continued growth and fine-tuning your operations should be on your mind constantly as a business owner. Finding the right sources for thoughts and advice on your profession can set you on a path for growth - after all, it is better to learn from other people’s experiences than through trial and error. Of course, there will be varying levels of relevance to your business in the information you find, so it is always important to keep that in mind and adapt guidance to fit your business circumstances. With that being said, here’s a list of free resources you may want to consider reviewing to gain additional perspective and insight for your business:
Because of the widespread availability of publishing and accessing content online, finding a blog that is regularly updated by authors who are knowledgeable in your industry has become increasingly easier. Industry service providers, high-accomplishing professionals, and performance coaches will often share wisdom through online blogs. Many times, these online hosted blogs will also have other resources you can take advantage of, like guides and product reviews.
Along the same lines of blogs, there is a plethora of different podcasts as the medium has continued to grow in popularity. Podcasts are great because you can listen to them while you do other things, such as commuting or other daily routines. Podcasts and blogs can broaden your perspective to approaches and strategies that other professionals in your industry use, allowing you to explore new opportunities.
Subscribing to newsletters from established institutions and “players” in your industry allows you to review relevant information and articles, as well as gain knowledge of different seminars and training opportunities. If you are interested in reviewing information from newsletters, it may be worthwhile to sign up for those using a secondary email so that email newsletters do not clog up your inbox.
Joining a forum or an online community group that is centered around your business allows you to collaborate fluidly with other professionals which can give you more perspective than the other resources named above. You can more easily start conversations centered around topics you’re interested in and get feedback on any strategies you may be considering.
Taking the time to find the right resources can help you best position yourself for success. However, it is important to realize that finding the right resources and information to follow should take some time. Make sure you are critical of information you find online and vet out your sources by reviewing their reputation online.
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