4 Free Resources for Small Businesses
It’s an understatement to say that owning a small business includes a range of difficulties. And finding resources and tools that are useful and cost-effective to help avoid and overcome these difficulties proves to be a difficulty of its own. Whether you are in need of a business plan template, marketing tools, or webinars, below are four free resources to use as a business owner.
Small Business Association (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration has a variety of resources for any type or level of entrepreneur. Whether you’re just starting out or are celebrating your company’s 10th anniversary, the SBA has useful information on grants and loans, working with the government, and how to capture local engagement. Their website also has a Create Your Business Plan section to help with drafting your business plan.
Google has a variety of free resources for business owners. Google for Small Business helps small business owners find the products, tools, and tips to help your business move forward and reach your goals. Customers can also call your business on the fly with the Click to Call tool in Google Maps. As Google’s popular “Near Me” search continues to gain traction, it’s crucial for businesses to tie in an online Click to Call option to ensure customers can reach you quickly and easily. Google Keyword Planner is also a great tool to help analyze and research keywords and optimize SEO. It gives insight into keyword trends and search volume, predicting which keywords might perform best.
Personally, Canva is one of my favorite tools as a marketer. Canva is a quick and easy tool that allows you to design beautiful digital content from thousands of templates. Launched in 2013, they have mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. You can create beautiful infographics, e-book covers, Instagram posts and more with ease and flair.
SCORE offers free business training and low to no-cost webinars and interactive courses. With the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs since 1964. SCORE has free mentoring that is available in person and via phone, email, and video. SCORE also has a business plan page loaded with online business workshops and podcasts.
Check out these articles for more information about small business resources:
Lightspeed’s The 7 Best Free Resources for Planning Your New Business
OnDeck’s 12 Free Online Small Business Resources You Shouldn’t Ignore
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