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If you’re looking left and right and aren’t sure which way to go, this page can help you take a first step towards reaching your goal.
Here are some resources I have used and highly recommend!
- First and foremost, create an email database of people who have intentionally signed up to get your latest updates. You can set up and gather the contact info of interested people even before you get your online business, blog, or website started. Then you are already steps ahead when you are officially online and already have a list of subscribers.
- The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is a government agency that provides technical assistance to small businesses.
- Market research is the very first step to starting a business! Check out the various reports researched just for you.
- The Small Business Association (SBA) is a well known government run agency
- This guide gives you pretty much everything you need for a small business, step-by-step!
- Find your local SBA office here
- Find a small business loan that works for you.
- Super helpful blog that tells you A-Z what’s going on in the small business sector
- Non-profit organization for small businesses.
- List of free templates you can download from business planning to marketing to running your business.
- The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) is the largest small business association in the USA.
- Free pdf guide, “How to Lower Taxes and Avoid Audits”. Very important!
- Especially helpful if have employees ( not a sole proprietor ).
- NOLO is an online company that provides business owners answers to their legal questions. They also provide “do it yourself” products when hiring a lawyer is not necessary. Always double-check your state’s requirements for specific forms and documents.
You can find more small business resources by visiting your local library’s website or by searching online for “small business resources [enter your state]”.