Every day I get emails from entrepreneurs who seem to have all the answers. They need help, but will only accept a particular type of help. And if you aren’t able to provide them with exactly what they want, then they’ll deem you useless…unhelpful…unaccommodating.
For those who aren’t sure of what i’m talking about, here is an example:
I get your e-mails all the time and this time I wanted to reply and share with you my situation. I started my business last year but I haven’t gotten very far with it. It’s a cleaning business and I have 6 clients. I need to get more money to be able to hire a person to help me clean these client’s homes. I don’t want a loan because I can’t afford it and I don’t want to hire just anyone. I want to hire the best person and pay them a good salary so that they will
stay with me forever. I want to grow my cleaning business and to have about 30 clients and I have calculated that I need to have about $25,000 in order to do that and be able to afford a new vehicle, tools and equipment that I need. So like I said, I don’t want a loan, or a private investor. All I want is a government grant that I never have to pay back. I also don’t want to waste my time creating a business plan to apply to these grant programs because I’m Australian, I have a
business and I deserve to have a grant. I don’t know where to go or where to start looking for government programs even though I tried very hard to find them. The government site doesn’t tell me much. I don’t want to register for your membership either, I just want to get a government grant and never have to pay it back and be able to use it for my business. If I don’t get it, I will make it work either way. No thanks to you.
What do you gather of this person, their situation and their message to me?
When we ask for help, we need to recognize when it is being offered.
Say you forgot your wallet and keys at the gym, only to find they had locked up for the night once you remembered where you left them. If a fellow gym-goer offered to loan you $20 so you could take a cab home, would gratefully accept or decline and complain about having to walk the 20km home? If you have a problem, to which someone offers a solution is it not worth looking into it, studying
it, figuring out whether it may help you out of your bind? Because, let’s face it, if you’d had a better idea, you wouldn’t still be looking for a solution.
So let’s solve this persons problem together, shall we?Perhaps it might open up your eyes to some solutions for your own small business.
Problem #1: No money to hire staff
The Australian government has funding programs available to help small business owners across Australia to hire and train staff. These programs can often come in the form of government grants, loans or even tax incentives.
Problem #2: No money to purchase new equipment and tools in order to expand
Much like funding for hiring and training staff, the government again offers funding programs to help you purchase the tools and equipment you need while helping you maintain your business cash flow as you grow or expand.
Problem #3: No business plan.
90% of government funding agencies will ask that you provide a business plan when applying for funding. $25,000 is no chump change. If you expect someone to give you $25,000, the least you can offer them in return is a plan outlining how this money will be put to use.
Problem #4: I only want a grant. I deserve it….
What makes you think you deserve money more than any other hard working Australian? Anything worth having requires some work. If you really want to take your business to the next level, and if money is the only thing standing in the way of your success; then a $25,000 Government-guaranteed loan, with little to no interest and for which you are twice as likely to be accepted for over a grant; SHOULD BE A WELCOME SOLUTION. Right? Yes to most people, unless money isn’t the only
You can talk about what you want and what you need for as long as you’d like, and just like that another year will pass by, and then another, and another. Some people will smarten up and take the help that is offered while others will fail and blame it on the economy, the government, the banks, or anyone else other than the person starting back at them in the mirror.
Many of the solutions to your small business problems can be solved by using the tools in the Startup Portal.
1. I need guidance and assistance. Use our Startup Guide and Interactive Timeline
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6. I need to speak with a expert. Use our Ask an Expert feature to get personalized answers.
7. I want someone to be available to me every step of the way….Good thing we are always there to help.
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