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Starting your own business is hard. It takes an untold amount of time, money, patience, ideas, motivation, dedication, and determination. And sometimes, even that’s not enough. If you’ve been lucky enough to turn your startup into a successful business with legs, you may still feel like you’re walking in the dark at times.
For those in this boat, there are plenty of resources out there that can help you learn more about your industry and grow your business if you only take the time to seek them out and use them. To get you going in the right direction, here are three resource you can use if you are needing help with your business.
While many people think of the U.S. Small Business Administration as a government entity working against them as opposed to with them, this agency actually can be a great resource if you know how to use them. Not only can they help you with the legal side of setting up and running your own business, but they also circulate valuable information regarding many other aspects of business ownership, including how to interact with customers, information about cyber security, and so much more. They also have pages of tools listed under various categories to help you find answers to even your most difficult business problems.
Software Customer Service
To have an effective and efficient business, it can take a lot of moving parts working in unison, and this task isn’t always easy. And while you might have thought getting all this new software to help you run your business was going to make things easier, if you haven’t seen that happen yet, you may want to go over with someone if that software is for you or if you’re using it right. And who better to help with this than that software’s customer service representative? Don’t hesitate to call the customer service lines of software providers like QuickBooks if you are having trouble understanding how to use their systems with your business. That’s what they’re there to help with. And this could just make your daily projects much easier to manage.
When all else fails, it can’t hurt to ask those who’ve been in your position about what they did or how they handled themselves. For this reason, social media is a great tool for reaching out to not only your customers, as Emily Copp of Hootsuite explains, but for also keeping up with your competition or connecting with others in your industry who are more seasoned. You could build relationships that may prove very beneficial simply by asking a question on a social platform like LinkedIn or Reddit. Never underestimate the power of social media, either for your business or for yourself.
If you have questions about how you’re running your business and aren’t sure who to turn to, consider using some of the resources mentioned above to help you find some solid footing.