Opening a New BusinessEntrepreneurship is the backbone of the American economy. According to the Kaufman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, about 543,000 new businesses are started every month in the United States. After evaluating what it takes to start a business, maybe you’ve realized that now may be the time to start a business, so you’ve decided to kiss your boss goodbye and start your business in 2013! What are the next steps?

Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you start, run, market and grow your business. Here is a good list to get you started.

A New Business Toolkit

Check out our new business tool kit, which helps you understand how to find out what permits and licenses might be required for your business. According to the latest Statistics about Business Size (including Small Business) from the U.S. Census Bureau, of the 27.2 million businesses in the United States in 2008, 21.3 million of them had no employees. Since small business is such a vital part of the US Economy, there are many agencies dedicated to helping small business, including the Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps small business with loans and finances, and SCORE, which is a mentoring organization that pairs successful entrepreneurs and business leaders with those just starting out to create business plans and apply for funding.

Small Business Marketing and Advertising

Once you have the legal and financial requirements accounted for, it’s time to start getting your name out there and bringing customers in. Here is a compilation of articles that will help you get a good start.

Local MarketingLocal Marketing

  • Free Advertising for Small Businesses – depending on what type of business you have, one of the first steps should be getting your business listed with all of the local directories and search engines.
  • Network Your Business – while it may seem old-fashioned, person-to-person networking can help you get your business off the ground, especially if it is a location-based storefront or service business.
  • Form and Improve Business Relationships – creating alliances with others in your industry, maintaining good relationships with employees, and gaining the trust of your customers are all important goals for small business owners.
  • Is There ‘Free’ Advertising for Small Business – public relations is an important part of your local marketing plan.

Internet Marketing

For more help and information with your new business, check out the Business Matters section of the Small Business Advisor blog or tell me what you think in the comments section.

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