In my last post, I reviewed this book: Book Review “Simplify Everything” As I read through the book, I realized I had, over the years, gotten quite a number of the book’s tips directly from the author. He had helped me enormously just because we know each other. With that, I started thinking of all the people who have helped me learn how to stay in business for twenty years where other similar businesses are not necessarily still around. I try to do the same for the new and struggling businesses I know but, today, let me give something bigger to those who could use some help.
In another recent conversation, yet another person who has helped me with business advice and I were discussing the biggest issue problem for new businesses, which is the fact that actually running the business is quite burdensome to new businesses. We all know how to do the work we do but the part about running the business is a new skill for most people and there’s a lot to learn. He and I were lucky to be part of a business organization where we could learn and share these skills but many people starting businesses don’t realize all the help there is out there for them.
Here in the United States, we have something called SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives). SCORE is filled with retired executives who made a success within their own business career and now want to help other businesses. It’s a non-profit organization that provides free business conseling. Many new businesses struggle or just end up failing. Here is SCORE’s top ten list of why: Ten Key Reasons Why Small Businesses Fail.
While I’m talking about SCORE, a retired friend of mine is now active in SCORE and is finding it a fulfilling activity. For those of you planning to retire and who want to keep offering your skills to people who need it but who don’t necessarily want to start a new business, yourselves, consider volunteering for SCORE.