These days it’s easier than ever to start a business. With very little capital, anyone can start a website and sell either a product or service. But even with all the technology people have available, it’s still just as complicated as ever to actually know how to start a new business. Businesses have their own unique and complex systems. It seems like a million questions have to be answered in order to start a business. How should you formally organize your business? What are the tax implications? How do you charge your customers tax? How should you handle the accounting? Where do you source products? The questions alone can be so dizzying that it can actually discourage you from starting a business at all. Don’t let that stop you, though. There are sources to help you and you don’t have to know all the answers before you get started. You can learn along the way. Here are some ideas to get advice on starting a new business.
Visit the Small Business Association
The Small Business Association (SBA) is a government-funded resource for small business owners. They provide free advice on the SBA website. There, you can find reputable information on everything from calculating startup costs to information about mergers and acquisitions. They also offer small business loans to certain qualifying businesses. In addition, they run in-person, free workshops throughout the country that are led by successful business men and women from a vast array of business types. All of the resources are completely free, including the workshops. Getting involved with the SBA is also a great way to network with fellow business people in your area, which can help you to get even more advice about starting a new business.
Subscribe to Marketing Newsletters
You know when you visit a website and you get that annoying popup asking you to enter your email address so they can send you a newsletter? Don’t ignore all of them. If you visit business marketing websites, those newsletters may contain valuable marketing tips and advice that you can really use, especially in the beginning. Some recommended marketing sites to start with: NeilPatel.com, Hubspot.com and Marketingland.com. From there, you’ll naturally read about other marketing sites you should visit. But when you subscribe to newsletters, you get the best tips delivered to your inbox instead of having to go out and find them on the internet, so be sure to sign up!
Read Biographies and Autobiographies
The most tried and true way for getting advice on starting a new business is to read biographies and autobiographies of successful business men and women. These biographies and autobiographies typically give practical insights into the way successful businesses are run. Some to read include: “An Eye For Winners,” by Lillian Vernon, “The Art of the Deal,” by Donald Trump, and “How to Be Rich,” by J. Paul Getty.
Once you start delving into these three resources for advice on starting a new business, you’ll find more and more free help. Just don’t get lost in all the information. Remember that at some point you have to just dive in and start! Of course, the best way to get advice on starting a new business is to contact us right here at www.realwisebusiness.com! Or you can call the office at 219-226-9450
“Remember, wealth has nothing to do with money, success has everything to do with failure and life is as simple as you make it!” – John Dessauer