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    Ok so I have been in the military most of my adult life but I want a change and, to me, working for myself is the only way to go.

    My problem is that I have no exposure to the business world. Most of the people I know are military themselves so I try to learn as much as I can from reading forums, books etc but there isn’t anything like face to face time with somebody who specialises in this area to learn direct answers to questions.

    I have an idea/plan but its the whole setup and execution that I’m hesitating on as, like I said, I’ve never done this before.

    Is it a good Idea to employ a Coach or Advisor from the absolute beginning?

    Also I live in the Adelaide region, so if anybody could recommend somebody that excellent.



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    Hi nick,

    You need to shop around.

    Avoid the net….Google ad’s

    Try and get word by mouth referred.

    No one who’s been burned by a accounting expert will tell you to visit them!

    I’m lucky. ..I do have a mate lined up…but its clear….I pay him as a professional.

    We buy each other beers later.

    You can’t under value good business advice.


    How you pay for it is up to you.

    If its good business advice. …of course they will be willing take a % out of your profits.

    If they want cash …up front….alarm bells.

    Dont take advice off ppl with there own cash flow problem.


    I like goats

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    I only know coaches here in Melbourne but they are very good and worth their weight in gold. Hopefully someone can refer you to one in Adelaide. A coach will help you to brainstorm and get your ideas into some sort of order.

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    You might like to try my website, below. We may have an expert in your specific industry, or you can ask to be notified when someone in that industry comes on board. I think you’ll have some great transferable skills some of which many business owners struggle with: discipline, teamwork, risk-management, communication skills, oh, and getting up early!

    I also provide individual coaching on Skype. I’m a former psychologist. I work on the personal side but as a multiple business owner, I also help with the business side (some coaches won’t know general business principles other than running their own practice).

    Sounds an exciting shift!

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    Thanks for the responses guys.

    I would definitely prefer to be referred to somebody but, like I said, I mostly know military people so a referral from my circle is very unlikely. So yes, it would be great if somebody on here could point me in somebody’s direction.

    Paul, I’ll be sure to check out your website. Sounds like it could be very helpful.

    Ha after the sheer volume of courses and certificates I have I hope I have some skills lurking in there.



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    Good stuff. Good luck Nick. Look forward to seeing you around the forums.

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    I would suggest that you look through the Flying Solo Directory here. You can also search and look at posts they have written and see what types of responses they have had.
    Most business coaches or advisers will give you a no-cost session to give you an idea of how they can help you. This is where you can then decide if they are a good match with you and what you are looking for.
    Happy to throw my hat in the mix and also give you a no cost session as mentioned.

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