Starting a small business is tough and you need all the resources you can muster. With that in mind, we've scoured the internet in search of the best sites, guides and checklists to help you plan and execute on your small business. The best part? They're all 100% free!
Small Business Administration
The Small Business Administration at https://www.sba.gov/ is frequently recommended and that's because it has a ton of free resources for small business owners. Recently they featured a 10-step guide to start a business and become an entrepreneur.
Digging into the Small Business Administration site, you'll find information on specialty funding programs and even a learning center. They also have links to your local district office of the Small Business Administration. It can be a good idea to check local offices as well as the national organization as they will offer resources specific to your area.
While SCORE is really just a part of the Small Business Administration, SCORE offers business mentorship, workshops and resources for small businesses.
Besides their great general content on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship, Entrepreneur.com is an excellent resource for news from from businesses in startup land. In addition, they offer an amazing array of templates for new small business owners and they are all for free: https://www.entrepreneur.com/formnet .
Carol Tice, in a guest post on Entrepreneur.com, also compiled a list of "The Five Best Small-Business Resources you're Not Using."
Want to get a little free business learning under your belt? Then ALISON is for you. They offer freebee courses that you can take at your own pace and the topics fall into buckets from health to language to technology. Some recent courses include:
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Skills for Speaking Effectively: The Art of Speaking
Fundamentals of Accounting
So, if there is a skillset that is holding you back from your small business dreams then maybe now is a good time to take care of the education part so you can thrive in your small business.
Another underutilized government resource, USA.gov, offers lots of resources to help you hit the ground running with your small business. They also offer specific sections with resources for veterans and resources just related to financing on their site. USA.gov also offers tips on everything from insurance for those that are self-employed and tips for working at home.
Be sure to utilize their business keyword search tool that gives a list of all other agencies with resources for small business.
We hope this list of resources will get you going in the right direction with your small business. Do you have any other resources not listed here that you would recommend for other small businesses? If so, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!