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'Mentoring was something I'd never considered but Rene, my mentor, ended up being the best thing that could have happened to Sandman Electrics'.
Simon Dixon, Sandman Electrics

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  • Don't be afraid to get help
  • Work hard to implement the recommendations

The background

Simon Dixon worked as an electrician for a boss when, after ten years, he decided he wanted to go out on his own.

'I thought I'd be good at it and wanted the freedom to work for myself', he says. He had started his own business, Sandman Electrics, when his father showed him a story in a newspaper about a mentor who had helped businesses in Marysville get back on their feet after the bushfires.

How he made it happen

'Mentoring was something I'd never considered', he said, 'but Rene, my mentor, ended up being the best thing that could have happened to Sandman Electrics'.

Simon has worked hard at developing his business. He has written a business plan, and thought about some achievable goals and marketing ideas.

Even when he had a few months off work last year with an injury, his business "still ticked over".

'I guess that's the best thing', he says. 'If you can get your business to the stage where you don't need to be there the whole time, you're doing something right'.

About Small Business Mentoring Service

Small Business Victoria offers low cost, high quality advice from experienced business owners and managers through the Small Business Mentoring Service.

This not-for-profit organisation has over 100 experienced mentors from a wide range of industry backgrounds who can work with you to assist your business reach its potential.

Mentors facilitate and encourage you to identify and focus on the key issues faced in your business and discuss with you the actions you need to take to start or grow your business.

They can assist in a range of areas including marketing, business planning, financial management, staffing issues and time management.

Free mentoring sessions are also available from the Victorian Government's Mobile Business Centre, which tours Melbourne and regional Victoria throughout the year.

Get involved with the Small Business Mentoring Program or call 13 22 55.


The result

With the help of the Small Business Mentoring Service, Simon has managed to go from employee to owning a business that is strong enough to keep running even when he's not there.