Resources for Starting a Business

There is a lot of practical support out there for people considering starting their own business. Some of it is free or at very low cost, and I realize money is tight at the beginning. Below are some good starting places for practical support available across the U.S.A.

Inspiration for Starters

Before you start thinking about all the practical steps, which can seem overwhelming, I encourage you to get inspired and learn that you can do this. Some good resources for inspiration:

Articles:

Books:

Practical Support Resources (Free or Low-Budget)

Try not to get panicked as you start reading about all the things to think about. Sit down with someone knowledgeable (such as a free business counselor available at all the below links) and get help navigating. It doesn’t have to be that hard.

For clarity, these services are designed to help with the practical side (e.g., understanding business plans and loans).

They are not designed to help you clarify your calling, or address the fears or personal concerns about starting a business. That’s where a business coach or business support group comes in.

Naming a Business

Naming your business is NOT one of the first steps even though you are probably trying to name it now anyway. There is too much to consider before you name it.

You want clarity of your key audience, your offerings, your mission, your values, etc., before you name it. (That’s what a business coach can help you with.)

When you’re ready to choose a name, here’s a good tool for naming a business.