No matter why you start your business, the business of actually running or starting your business can be tricky.
Whether you launch your business with years of experience or just barely know the ins and outs of running it, at some point you’ll need to know more about the day to day operations than how to balance your business checkbook.
Continuing education resources can help. People who are primarily employees will often take courses and seek knowledge in order to better themselves, become more competitive and stay relevant – business owners aren’t any different.
But where do you start? Who do you trust to educate you?
Luckily for us, there are plenty of great government and non-profit entities who maintain educational libraries for small business owners. Here are seven of the top resources to start you off.
The Online Learning and Education Small Business/Self-Employed Section of the IRS Website
Tax season has just passed us – are you confident about your filing? The IRS has a video portal with free information, in a training portion of their site dedicated to the small business owner or self-employed individual.
The Small Business Administration Learning Center
You’ll find videos, training, and even chat sessions on their site, and you can even find local help offline.
The Women’s Business Development Center’s Resource Section
Their collection of helpful online business resources links includes links to federal contracting resources, business plan outlines, and Women’s Business Enterprise certification.
US Women’s Chamber of Commerce’s Learning Center
You can access their webcasts and database with topics ranging from retirement planning to business start-up.
The SME Toolkit
Put together by IBM and IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank, is “a free program that enables entrepreneurs and small businesses to learn how to implement the sustainable business management practices needed for growth.” On their site you’ll find sample templates, tools, articles, and resources.
SCORE’s Online Workshops
The General Services Administration (GSA)
Do you want to sell to the US government? The GSA has free training for small businesses, and a video library, just to name a couple. Don’t forget to check out the Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program if your business is 51% owned by one or more women.
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