You may have a great idea for a home business, but have no idea how to get it started. The good news is that there are lots of good resources for starting your own home business. With expert help from organizations dedicated to helping the entrepreneur and small business owner, you can get off to a great start.
The SBA, or Small Business Administration, provides free information for businesses just getting started. Just about any kind of business is covered and the SBA provides a section specifically for home businesses.
You can get a checklist that guides you through marketing your business, both traditionally and online. There is also information about your state’s laws regarding franchises. You can find applications for grants, too, for getting your home business off of the ground. There are many loans out there, too, for the new business startup.
The SBA also will provide training sessions and tutorials. You can even visit with a business expert over the chat line. If there is an office in your area, you can visit in person and find out more.
The Service Corps of Retired Executives, or SCORE, is an organization dedicated to helping small businesses get started. The membership consists of other retirees who were also owners of small businesses. You can enter your location onto their website, and find out if there is an office in your area. They also provide many articles with great information, and training in financing, marketing, and pointers on the technical side of running a business.
LinkedIn is a social group that includes small business services. In fact, most social media sites include plenty of information about home business and small business. With LinkedIn, however, you get people directly interested in networking. You can select groups that specifically deal with your area of expertise, or branch off into support industries.
Most experts recommend that before you join any social media group, you should “lurk”. This gives you a chance to see what kind of content they provide. If there seems to be some quality support on the site, it will probably be pretty good. Watch out for sites with a lot of ads, or with sites where there is not very much conversation. There are so many sites out there that can help you, you do not have to limit yourself to one that is not helpful.
Business Development Offices
You will find that most cities will have a business development office. If your city does not, your county probably will. They will provide a lot of information on how to start up your home business, and get you acquainted with local zoning and liability laws.
You may not have thought of this, but you can hire a coach. You may find a coach at the business development offices you visit, or at the local university. While you will pay consulting fees, you can get one-on-one help with planning the growth of your company.