MN Business Tip Of The Day: The Power Of Free Services
Don’t let a tight budget keep you from growing your business. While some may feel that “free” is synonymous with “pure unadulterated crap,” don’t misunderstand. There are plenty of free resources that are powerful and effective. Try these places for connecting with mentors, training employees, and saving on software.
SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives). If you could use a mentor, someone who’s been in the business trenches and can teach you to avoid common pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities, then this is the site for you. This free mentoring resource is open to anyone who wants to start, grow or expand a business.
Small Business Technology and Development Centers. Businesses can often use resources that allow employees to sharpen the skills necessary for building and maintaining a business. Through the Small Business Administration you’ll be able to find a range of free workshops and training sessions. While topics vary depending on location, you’ll still be able to find training on: writing a business plan, managing finances, marketing, and more.
Free Software– There’s plenty of free software to be found on the internet, however, it is usually linked to malware or ad-infested garbage that only gets in the way. Instead, check out this list of reliable Open Source applications that are designed to replace traditional small business software applications. Although the list is old, it is still a great starting point that can save you a lot of up-front cost.