You have a great idea for a product or service that you can’t stop thinking about. You know this is your time. You want to get started now. You’re tired of working for someone else. Deep down, you feel that becoming an entrepreneur is your calling.

You know that there’s risk involved with becoming an entrepreneur. You recognize that you don’t have much experience -- and that you’re underfunded. At this point, you’re smart enough to realize that the best thing you can do for yourself is to find a mentor. But the reality is that mentors aren’t simply readily available to those who need them. In my experience, finding the right one is not unlike finding a needle in a haystack.

Thankfully, I know it’s possible to coach yourself to success. I do have a mentor that I rely for guidance and advice. But I’ve had to teach myself much of what I know. He isn’t an expert on everything, after all. Here's how I did it:

1. Study up. There’s a plethora of avenues to get help from, including books, blogs and podcasts. I’m stunned by the amount of advice and insight that is available to budding entrepreneurs today. From marketing to finance, it’s all out there.

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