Some years ago in Webmaster circles my nickname was becoming well known for being contentious and rather abrasive. That wasn’t really a persona – I didn’t set out to make a name for myself by being abusive and nasty.
However I was, and still am, rather blunt and tend to call a spade a spade and I don’t handle fools very well.
And I’m telling you that because I’m really not trying to stir up trouble when I ask the question – how much help are small business boards really?
I’m asking it as an introduction to a series of posts I will be making over this week and I want you to think seriously about the question.
Are they any help to you really?
I have to say that most of the small business boards I have seen have been very light in genuine help for serious problems and rather heavy in people who want to troll the boards for business … or to scam. Undoubtedly part of that problem arises from the fact that most people who hang out on those boards are fairly new.
But there are others who want to be seen as legends – they have an opinion about everything and quite often their opinion is not based on their own experience but on what they have read somewhere.
So are boards like that much help is there some other way to get the help and support you need to get your business going?
I would be really interested to hear your experiences and feel free to mention any board that you find gives you genuine advice and support and isn’t just a bunch of people saying hello to every newcomer that arrives.