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Resource Topics: Score with SBA, SBDC (or AC, LoL), Designer, Incubators, Testing Tools, Validate, Virtual Assistant, Accounting, Lawyer, Payroll & Taxes,
So you want to start a business – or you’re already underway. You need every bit of help you can get. No problem. Here it is – enough help to take you from Idea >> Startup >> Small Business >> Success :
1. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
You paid your taxes – now reap some benefits. The SBA has a world of resources including financing, training, & legal basics.
2. SCORE – Mentors
Wish you had a good friend with experience in your business who could give you real world advice? That’s what SCORE offers. The price is just right for shoe-string startup budgets, too. [Free !!!]
Also of interest:
There are more than 1,000 Small Business Development Centers across the United States. They help entrepreneurs launch & grow thousands of businesses every year. They get results, too. The average SBDC client has:
- 15.5 % annual job growth, vs, an average 1.9 % for small businesses nationwide.
- 13.6 % annual sales growth – 4 X the national average.
3. A good Designer.
According to our WASP State of Small Business Report, “54% of small businesses out-source Graphic & Website design.” So where to find a good designer? Start here:
- 99 Designs (https://99designs.com/)
- Undullify (http://www.undullify.com/)
- Design Pickle (http://designpickle.com/)
5. A User Testing tool like Peek.
Need an honest opinion about your Website, App, or product? Even your business friends might not give you the totally accurate “real” truth you need to know. But a User Testing service can.
Not Free, but a small Fee. (sometimes < $20/ test). You can get a recorded video of someone using your site. With (sneak) Peek, you can even get one free. Want a few other options? See Drift’s Blog post, “The 7 Best User Testing Tools For Any Budget”
6. A way to Validate your Market.
Ever heard of an idea that looked great on paper, but flopped out in the real world? You need proof your idea won’t follow suit. You need to do market validation. It can be a time-consuming, complex mess. Or you can just use Proved.
7. A Virtual Assistant.
Not quite ready for your first Hire full-time? Get a part-time Virtual Assistant. Get a good one, too. I wish I could say $10/hr assistants were helpful, but I’ve never found that to be true. And you need a good Business Assistant. So cough up the $15-$25/hour. Get yourself someone who can actually make basic “minor” decisions and think on their own. Find them here:
8. A Directory of Business Incubators.
Want to know if there’s a business incubator nearby? The International Business Innovation Association can tell you.
9. Someone to help with Accounting, Payroll & Taxes. [Yuck, but necessary. Wiz4biz]
This is another classic choice for out-sourcing. Here’s why: It requires specialized knowledge, a lot of time – and if you do it wrong, mistakes can be *very* $$$. No wonder 71 % of small business out-source Tax Preparation services, according to the Wasp Barcode Technologies Small Business Report – Accounting. 50 % out-source Payroll. So where to find this help? Try:
- PASBA, The Professional Association of Small Business Accountants
- Bench Online [Bookie, no] Book-keeping & other Financial services.
- InDinero. * Accounting, Book-keeping & Taxes. * especially when you start to make some Dinero (Spanish for $$$)
10. A Lawyer
You really need a Lawyer. Even if nothing ever goes wrong, it’s just good business to have a trusted Attorney available to review Contracts, help you navigate hiring, and deal with any other issues.
Find an Attorney HERE (with reviews, too). Trouble is, many of you don’t have the budget an Attorney requires ($300+ per hour). You need some less expensive help. Here are a few places to start:
Need More Hell (er, Help)? Want more small business startup resources? Check out StartUpStash.com. It’s a curated site of hundreds of startup resources.
The long hours & uncertainty of launching a business can make anyone feel alone. But the truth is, the entire country wants you to succeed. [Especially the govt, so they can collect more Taxes. LoL, Wiz4biz] I haven’t found what you want above, contact your local The U.S. Small Business Administration or SCORE.
Comments: Do you know any other No or Low $$$ Resources for Starting a Business?
from SCORE.org (SBA) 11 May17 enhanced by Peter/CXO Wiz4biz