“If only someone had…If only there was a …If only I could find…”
As a business owner who focuses on selling services, you have your hands full. Your days are filled helping others–customers, employees and business associates among others. But who helps you?
Here’s a list of 3 great resources for your service business, because let’s face it–your time is at a premium.
1. Overall Help
Supported through the Small Business Administration (SBA), these centers are hosted by leading universities and state economic development agencies. By providing free business consulting and inexpensive trainings, they help aspiring entrepreneurs and existing businesses stay competitive in a continually changing marketplace.
Here are just a few of their offerings:
• Business plan development
• Financial packaging
• Lending assistance
• Market research help
• Healthcare guidance
Find your state in the drop down menu and get started today.
2. Financial Help
The Money Smart for Small Business (MSSB) was developed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the SBA. It was created to provide practical information on starting and managing a business. While the courses are intended to be instructor led, the resources are free and can be downloaded or sent via CD. Check with your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to see if Money Smart courses are available in your area. Remember, the SBDC is there to help you, so if a course isn’t offered yet, ask if they could get one started!
3. Customer Help
Customer Support: Helpscout:
Helpscout is an email services company but they also offer incredible free pdf downloads for building customer loyalty and investing in your customers. From acquisition to retention, these resources will offer support and tactics to increase your business. Peruse the topics and choose the articles that best fit your needs.
One of the biggest challenges that many business owners face is how to get new customers. Your goal should be to shift your thinking from reactive to proactive so that you are constantly doing things that drive new customers to your business, not just when things get slow. This article from Entrepreneur shares helpful tips for The Fastest Way to Find New Customers.
As a small business, it can feel impossible to find the time to search for support. It is tough going it alone, so use these resources to help. For more ideas, including mentoring, check out 3 Local Small Business Resources you Should Use