We know that running a small business can be lonely and intimidating. Working long hours to keep the doors open, it can be easy to feel as though you’re the only struggling entrepreneur. But you’re not — and help is available. Obviously, this is the purpose of our blog (TA-DA!) but, this shouldn’t be a lonely journey, and you should make use of the many resources available.
The irony is that many small-business owners don’t ask for assistance even when there are valuable and affordable resources out there providing expert advice and support. Given the large number of small businesses that will be out of business before their fifth anniversary, you want to arm your business with every advantage you can — right from the start. This article is about proving that there are many resources out there to assist you.
#1- Small Business Trends
Founded in 2003, Small Business Trends is an award-winning online publication for small business owners, entrepreneurs and the people who interact with them. It is one of the most popular independent small business publications on the web.
#2- Entrepreneur Magazine
Entrepreneur Magazine provides business ideas and trends on start-up, finance, marketing and franchising tools and tips and they have a great website too. You can also read about the latest news, expert advice and growth strategies for small business owners.
SCORE is a non-profit organisation that provides expert business counselling to small business owners. SCORE’s website provides online counselling, and offers great e-mail newsletters. From operations to financing and expansion plans, SCORE has a vast database of experts to assist your small business. The perfect place to ask for some assistance.
#4- Entrepreneur Solutions Playbook.
We encourage you to download this PDF! Why? Simple. The Entrepreneur Solutions Playbook – 25 Small-Business Challenges [PDF]: is a great discussion on the Top 25 Small Business Challenges.
#5- Simple Guide to Branding
We’ve spoken about the importance of branding your business () so why not try this link when you need some great advice on branding: The Simple Guide to Branding Your Small Business [Infographic].
#6- Young Entrepreneurs
Millennials (Gen Y) are the most entrepreneurial generation. (That’s me). Sure, not everyone interprets their traits the same way. They are certainly confident. It’s not that they don’t see failure as an option; it’s that they don’t fear it, so the idea of failing doesn’t derail their ambitions. And they’re big believers in the social good. Don’t be afraid to employ someone younger.
Microsoft Business for Small and Midsized Business: Learn new ways to use Microsoft tools get tips and marketing research. Most business are already making use of Microsoft products, so why not take it a step further? Ensure you are making use of all of the great Microsoft tools for businesses.
Now we now there are plenty of other resources you should be making a use of (reading this blog is already a step in the right direction) but remember, even though it can be overwhelming, you need to take the time to find the right resources for you and your business. So, let’s emphasise why resources are so essential. Thomas J. Stanley once said:
“Before you can become a millionaire, you must learn to think like one. You must learn how to motivate yourself to counter fear with courage. Making critical decisions about your career, business, investments and other resources conjures up fear, fear that is part of the process of becoming a financial success”.
Again, make use of many resources to make your business great, and more importantly, don’t try and do this all by yourself. Ask for help when needed.
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