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Business information is not the same as business advice!

There has been an explosion recently in the number of websites offering free business information and “advice.”  They are filling the vacuum left since the Government announced the demise of the traditional free Business Link service, which will be replaced with an upgraded website service that will provide business information only.  Face to face business advice will no longer be available from Business Link.

Appropriate and free business information is a good thing and a valuable resource for any business, especially start-ups.  However, extracting “advice” from business information alone may not be the answer for everyone.  After all, even the most intelligent interactive websites depend on you asking the right questions.

As they say, you don’t know what you don’t know and a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing.  Getting the right information will depend on knowing how and where to look for it.

As an experienced business owner and business adviser, my view is that no amount of free business information will ever beat old fashioned personal business advice.

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