When I (Andrea) started Your Gal Friday, I started it with no more than a thought of “maybe I can do this” and the inclination to find people who wanted my services. It really wasn’t until a year or two later that I really started thinking about officially starting a small business and in doing so, trying to find help to a lot of difficult business questions. Here are four free ways to get your tough questions answered.
Talk to Other Entrepreneurs
The absolute best way to begin getting help starting a business is to talk with people who have already done it. You know people already, I’m sure of it. They’re parents at your child’s school. They’re in your Facebook groups. They’re part of Meetups. They’re at Farmers Markets and Street Fairs. Ask them questions. I’ve learned so much important information from savvy entrepreneurs who are happy to share their wisdom.
Check into your local government for seminars you can attend. I spent an afternoon with a wide variety of first-time entrepreneurs in a tax seminar where we learned all about how you file taxes for businesses. Many local governments are happy to offer information because they want their communities to grow. If you’re part of your Chamber of Commerce, you can usually partake in various meetings that help small businesses.
Meet up with a local SCORE member. SCORE is a non-profit organization chock full of volunteers with decades of business experience. They will share their knowledge with you and answer your questions. (And it’s free!) Seriously! How great is it that you have thousands of mentors just waiting to answer your questions.
Small Business Association
Finally, reach out to the Small Business Association. I can’t even begin to tell you all the different ways the SBA is able to help. Counseling, loans, grants….the government wants to help you succeed. Reach out to your local SBA and find out how they can start helping you with your business.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.