An important part of our professional growth is taking stock of barriers or excuses that are holding us back. It can feel daunting when we determine that we're not moving forward in our career or launching our business idea because we can't find answers to our tough questions.
For example, what if you want to start a daycare business in your home but you don't know how much money you'll need to set things up? Or, let's say a recruiter contacts you on LinkedIn to hire you at a competitor of your current company—how do you know if it's a legit offer or a good company to work for? Perhaps you're already a pro in your field but you don't know how to market yourself on social media or create a YouTube video.
You talk to your family, friends, and coworkers, yet none of them have the answers. You're paralyzed to make a decision because you simply don't have enough information. So, what next?
A few intriguiging new companies have stepped in to solve your problems and you can access them right now.
The links below are online question & answer sites for professionals and entrepreneurs. Meaning, you suddenly have access to thousands of experts who've been in your shoes and can provide just the tidbit of advice you're looking for in a matter of days or even minutes. Sign up, pay for the service, and connect one-on-one with experts who can answer your specific questions- some on live video.*
The icing on the cake—if you like how these sites work, you can even apply to become a paid expert yourself.
24 Sessions (Get business advice via live video)
Clarity (Get advice from entrepreneurs)
Live Ninja (Teach and learn live online)
Huddlewoo (Another teach and learn video platform)
Quora (Community sourced Q&As)
*The author has no affiliation with these companies and receives no compensation of any kind for mentioning them.
For more career success resources, check out my article, 3 Excellent Career Advice Resources for Job Seekers
[This article was originally published by Brad Waters on Psychology Today at April 1, 2015.]