The 7 Best Free Small Business Resources
It can be difficult to know where to start when you are starting a new business.
Fortunately, there are tons of great free resources out there that will help with all aspects from marketing and networking to planning and finances. Here are seven awesome small business resources for you!
- Small business development centers
- Small Business Association
- Lightspeed Resources
- Bplans templates
- Later blog
1. Small business development centers
For instance, the California Small Business Development Center provides a variety of tools and resources to help entrepreneurs start their businesses. The center provides access to advisors, services, events, workshops, and more.
2. Small Business Association
The Create Your Business Plan section of the Small Business Association website has free small business resources to help you create a business plan. It will walk you through each section and tell you what should be included in it.
The SCORE website has a ton of free resources for starting a business, including podcasts and online workshops. Free mentoring is also available in person or via email.
4. Lightspeed Resources
Lightspeed has a blog, but they also have this other resource page that is dedicated to providing new and experienced business owners with free tools. Topics range from operations advice to marketing tips.
5. Bplans business templates
Bplans.com is a website that offers over 500 free sample business plans and guides to help you start your own company, with information on everything from traditional business models to video tutorials for pitching your idea.
6. Later Blog
The Later blog offers small business online resources on how to best use Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and LinkedIn. They provide updates about the latest algorithm changes so that you can be sure your content is optimized for all platforms.
When starting your business, there is a strong chance that you will need to find free legal templates for hiring employees or renting space. Docracy provides some great options on its website and we still recommend consulting with an attorney before making any agreements.