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Women-Owned Business – Getting Started 5

Find Local Assistance for Starting Your Own Business

Starting your own business is a huge endeavor. That isn’t to say that it isn’t a fantastic and rewarding adventure; however it is most certainly a large undertaking. When starting a business, most experts will agree and advise entrepreneurs to seek expert advice. We’re all good at some things and not so good or knowledgeable about other things. Starting a business requires knowledge and skill in a number of areas including but not limited to:

* Financial Planning
* Customer Service
* Sales
* Management
* Systems and metrics
* Marketing
* Goal Setting
* Administrative tasks
* Business technologies
* Business models
* Contracts
* And, of course, your core business which may be product or service based.

With so much to learn and know, it is a great idea to find people who have been there, people who have experience starting a business, and people who are experts in various areas of expertise. For example, a lawyer to help with business structures and contracts and an accountant to help with financial planning and goal setting will be of great assistance.

Finding experts online is fine, however it may be significantly more beneficial to you and your business if you’re able to find experts locally. Here’s how:

Join your local chamber of commerce. The chamber of commerce is established to help businesses connect, share resources and share knowledge. Many chamber members give free workshops on various aspects of running a business. For example a marketing firm who belongs to your chamber may give a free seminar or workshop on how to build a marketing database or how to optimize your website for search engine ranking. A local accounting firm may give a seminar on how to set up your home office to maximize deductions and so on. Additionally, Chamber of Commerce members often give discounts to other Chamber members so fulfilling your business needs locally makes financial sense.

Join your local Small Business Association. Like the Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Association exists to help small business owners start a business and stay in business. They’re chock full of resources to help you learn all there is to know about starting and running a business and local members are committed to helping each other.

Many communities also offer free university or community education classes. These classes can fill in the knowledge gaps because they’re often offered by experts in your community.

There are a number of resources right outside your front door to help you start your own business. Taking advantage of them is just good business.