If you are or aspire to be in business for yourself, you likely know how difficult it can be to start, grow and manage a viable business. Here are some resources we’ve found useful:
Free Business Startup Training
A free 13-part online course for people who are planning to start a business. Covers such topics as creating a business plan, organizing your business, obtaining business financing, and more.
Action Plan Marketing
Robert Middleton’s marketing advice especially for independent service professionals. Whether you’re having trouble getting clients or you just want to grow your practice more effectively, you owe it to yourself to subscribe to his free newsletter and download a copy of his free Marketing Plan Workbook. The Workbook is a 24-page detailed outline of all the marketing activities you need to attract more clients, while the newsletter is chock-full of practical marketing advice for service professionals. We highly recommend them both!
High Rankings Forum
Despite the name, the focus of discussion at this search engine optimization forum is far more on how to make better, more usable, more profitable sites, not just on how to get high rankings in the search engines. The forum regulars understand that it doesn’t do you any good to have high rankings if your site can’t convert any visitors to customers. Very newbie-friendly forum.
Small Business Ideas forum
Discussion forums covering all aspects of starting and running a small business. Plenty of informative articles, lively discussions and helpful advice. Be sure to introduce yourself!