What are some of the best free resources for a new entrepreneur?
Hello! I'm new to mosaicHUB and to entrepreneurship! I want to explore starting my own "Birchbox of Books" for all the bookworms out there like me. I'm just not sure where to start, so I want to take a step back and learn more about entrepreneurship first. What are the best free resources I can use to learn more about how to start a business?
Hi Erica! Welcome to entrepreneurship!
It's a big step but an ultimately rewarding one. I wish you the best of luck on all counts.
Ideally, meet as many people as you can, and try to focus on particular people who compliment what you are doing. MosaicHub, LinkedIn, LinkedIn Groups, are all great ways to make contacts who can help give you info as you need it. Its amazing how much help you can get over a cup of coffee. And eventually, you'll pay it forward.
Everyone wants to know early on about "free" resources, but once you are 100% ready to start, seek the advice of professionals (e.g. lawyer, accountant, insurance agent) as to how to technically start. You want the right advice, not the cheap advice.
Just FYI, I saw in another post that someone on mosaicHub created a website called www.rebelspatch.com which has a lot of free advice for entrepreneurs. Might want to check that out.
And, lastly, since we are both in NYC, if I can ever help, let me know. Happy to help over that cup of coffee...
I suggest you start with the Small Business Adminstration. They provide a great deal of start-up information. Then there are treasures of texts and articles on the subject of entrepreneurship and universities that have majors in the subject. FInally, organizations and national networks. See the material available doing an internet search on entrepreneurship.
Welcome to entrepreneurship! If you're at the very beginning and really just trying to get an idea of what's out there and what steps to take before actually moving forward with building your business, there are tons of free resources online. Start reading voraciously: Inc, Entrepreneur, AmEx OPENforum, or any of the blogs on this list of the Best Small Business Blogs: http://fitsmallbusiness.com/small-business-blogs/. Good luck and let us know if we can help :)
You are already using the best and free resource for entrepreneurs on the internet. I have never regretted coming to this website. So full of helpful advice, suggestions and above all, willing to help members that are ready to go out of their way to help you become what you want to be and get to where you want to. Keep using it.
Start with your local SCORE Chapter. Go to SCORE.org, put in your zipcode and find the one closest to you. Your local Small Business Administration (SBA) office is another great place to go. They offer various workshops on starting and financing a business and other topics as well. Most are free of charge, others with a small fee.
Another great place to go, as is you local Small Business Development Center (SBDC.edu). These are usually affiliated with a local university.
All are free to you, paid for by your tax dollars.
I'd check out the Fizzle Podcast.They have a great series on steps in the road map of a new business. I help coach people to get projects and business off the ground and I felt their approach was right on.
Erica: Check out the free course: http://knowledge-transfer-academy.thinkific.com/courses/8-considerations-when-starting-a-business.
First of all, congratulations on deciding to start up your own company! It can be rewarding, tiring, frustrating, worrying, enjoyable, fantastic all rolled into one.
If you want to get a good ground knowledge of how to become an entrepreneur then check out this FREE MOOC (massive open online course) from Edx, I think its a great place to start ~ good luck!
Hello Erica & Welcome Aboard!
Aside from mosiacHUB & LinkedIn - another great mentoring resource you might consider is SCORE.org - which offers, as it says on the site, 'the nation's largest, network of free, expert business mentors.' Good luck in your new endeavor!
SCORE.org You should be able to locate a local counselor and also tap into a national Score network of counselors by email. Local is usually great, but if you live far from an office --- or are looking for an unusual knowledge, national is good. Both are available for free. Some chapters hold classes-perhaps fee-based. Look for a couple hundred recorded free webinars.
free email (mail.com), Wix websites and facebook (for your product marketing), google hangout for your webinars and distant calls..
Congratulations on taking a step that too many people just dream about. It won't be easy, will provide you some pain and frustration and will probably cause you to work harder than you ever thought possible. But, the personal, professional, and, hopefully, financial rewards will be worth it. Go to my web site - The Small Business Force - lots of free stuff including a free e-course, specifically focused on getting your business launched and blog posts on every conceivable topic for every conceivable aspect of your business. Plus, answers to your questions are always just an email away. Hope it helps and good luck!
"The Entrepreneur's Yoda"
Read "The Lean Startup" by Eric Ries.
At this stage, do not think "starting a business", but "solving a problem". Find out what you need to do (product) to make people want to buy it. The Lean Startup will teach you in just a weekend how to go about doing it.
When you know what your future customers want, then your product will become obvious. Find a way to put it on the market to test it. If it works, then create your business, but you've got time for this.
Good luck and stay in touch
There are some very interesting webpages that you can visit and find good entrepreneurship and startup resources such as:
Definitely check out Steve Blank's: http://steveblank.com/books-for-startups/
I've learned a bunch of great tips from this book in e-course format: http://www.thesmallbusinessforce.com/free/