A CANLEY Heights resident who recently started her own business has received a helping hand from a more experienced owner.
It is all part of the federal government's Apprentice to Business owner program delivered by TAFE NSW South Western Sydney Institute.
Helping Angela Asfour establish a hairdressing business is Neil Cherrett, who has owned a motorcycle mechanic business in Sydney's west for more than eight years.
Mr Cherrett said anyone starting their own enterprise faced many of the same challenges such as the day-to-day costs and small business rules and regulations.
"Looking back to when I did my trade course at TAFE I would have liked some of that basic business training," he said.
"I learned by my mistakes and, unfortunately, the mistakes cost you money and when you're starting businesses you can't afford to make mistakes.
"As a mentor we're here to give guidance."
Mr Cherrett has some tips for tradespeople starting a business.
"Do your homework on the business you want," he said.
"You'd want to make sure there's enough opportunities for your business to succeed.
"Pick an area that you can grow in and provide a better quality of service than anyone else doing it in the area in your trade.
"Set goals and work towards those goals."
With 14 years of experience as a hairdresser, Ms Asfour, 29, thought it was time to work for herself.
"I was sick of making someone else money," she said.
"I want to know things like when it's a good time to open up my own salon," she said.
Details: Contact A to B project officer Peter Scicluna on 9827 5118.