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Let's divide your business tasks into four areas, and seek partners to help with each.
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You don’t have to do everything yourself. In fact, you will find that involving other expertise will likely save you money and effort in the long term, and it can lead to some interesting relationships for mutual benefit.

At the very least, you’ll get some perspective on what you want to achieve from people who may be able to help you adapt your blueprint and help your business operate.

Thinking about your business, ask yourself:

  • What’s appealing about your business for the people you need in this relationship?
  • What can you currently offer them?
  • What are you going to have to do to make that happen?
  • What additional resources, skills, people and information might you need to get there?
  • What impact will that have on your finances and planning?

Over to you

Download the sheet from the link at the bottom of this Step. Now, follow the instructions using the headings below to filter the key functions of your business into your four areas.

four sections

Share your thoughts on drawing this together with your peers.

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