To celebrate the 10th year of RISE, we shared 10 reasons to start a business, 10 useful tips for business owners, and now, we are sharing 10 great resources for business owners.
There are more than ten resources that are valuable to business owners, but we thought we could share a few we knew would make a difference for most businesses. If you haven't seen our 10 Reasons or our 10 Tips, be sure to give them a read!
10 Great Resources for Business Owners
A good banker can help you find opportunities to grow your business. The right bank for your business could serve as a knowledgable and trusted advisor! You should have a relationship with your banker where you can share your goals and ask for guidance. It's also good practice to open a separate bank account for your business. The Small Business Administration shares the benefits of having a business bank account on their website.
You may need a lawyer when you are trying to understand incorporating your business, writing contracts, protecting your intellectual property, and liability. A good business attorney should be a valuable asset to your business. It's good to have someone in your corner before you need them. Read more about How to Hire an Attorney in this Entrepreneur article.
Most new entrepreneurs need guidance when it comes to understanding and managing money - cash flow, taxes, accounts payable or receivable. Check out this Forbes article, When and Why Your Small Business Needs an Accountant.
It's a good idea to investigate business insurance. You never know what kind of issue will arise when running your business, so it's best to be protected. It's important to find an insurance agent you trust and who will be the best fit for your business model. More information on why and what type of business insurance you could need can be found on the SBA website.
These experts can help you determine what your brand is and what marketing strategies you should use to promote it. Hiring a marketing consultant can actually save time and money. You can prevent costly mistakes and pushing away potential clientele. Research and explore different marketing consultants in your area!
It's important to have an online presence in this day and age, and there are many options to do so. You can create a Google Business Profile, utilize social media, and create your own website. You want to be accessible and easily found when someone googles your type of service or product.
Printers & Designers
It's always good to utilize your local printers and designers. Do you need help coming up with a logo? Need business cards? How about a flyer to promote your opening day? These experts can help you make these items perfect for you and aid in promoting your business.
Get to know people in the community. Join an organization whether its your local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis Club, Young Professionals Group, or any other group. The important part is to get connected and find support in your community.
As a small business owner, there may be different systems you need to maintain. You could need a point of sale system or a good customer relationship management platform. You might just need a system to help you manage your time or inventory. There are experts and services out there who can help.
Assistance Programs & Centers
Ask the questions. There are people available to help in your community, state, and nationally! Check out your closest Small Business Development Center, the Small Business Administration, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Ohio Department of Development and many more!
RISE can help you get connected with any of these resources. We want to see your business succeed and thrive in our community. Give us a call!