Great Small Business Resources Online

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Searching the Internet can be one of the best ways of finding resources as a small business owner or entrepreneur these days. Get questions answered. Interact with others. Find partners, employees, customers, investors and suppliers. This wrap up is dedicated to highlighting some of the latest and greatest small business resources online. Share them with others and add your own suggestions below.

Operations

How online resources can be your business. When Holly Hanna learned she was expecting a daughter, she began to prepare for her dream of being a stay at home mom while working from home online. Her frustrating search for online resources became The Work At Home Woman, a blog and business built to help mompreneurs create online businesses from home. BizSugar Blog

Places to hire employees online. In this guest post we learn about the vast number of online resources for hiring full-time and part-time help on the Web. Draw from a workforce that includes everyone on Earth except perhaps those who aren’t online and have no means of getting there. Christine.biz

Self-development

Where to go to learn about leadership. There are plenty of resources on the Web for those interested in learning about leadership. Don’t stop with the link above. This site has many excellent resources to help the small business owner or entrepreneur. Information is the key to improving your business so start taking advantage of the resources of the Web today. Open Forum

Social Media

Learn about Postling and other social media tools. Online resources are a great place to go for the latest on social media. From large sites like Facebook and LinkedIn to smaller more niched social media sites, information and features change so rapidly that online resources with their constantly updating content are often the best place to take the pulse of social media. Small Business Trends

Trends

Learning to build a smarter business. The world of business intelligence and analytics teaches us to create businesses much smarter than ever before, beginning to measure everything from supply chains to revenue models to online traffic. Online communities like this one offer more details and resources. All Analytics

Latest in small business tech. The Web is also a great place to research the latest technology for helping the entrepreneur or small business owner stay mobile. Even more important for small business owners are tools that enhance their efficiency. Tools that virtually allow a busy entrepreneur to be more than one place at a time are worth their weight in gold. WSJ

Research

Features, capabilities and benefits in the sales process. Online resources provide tremendous insight into the sales process and just about every other aspect of running your business. Take this post on changing your sales approach. Online resources can be a tremendous value to entrepreneurs if kept accessible. What have you learned this week from online resources? Love to hear!Open Forum

Information on small business job loss. Data of every kind is available online from policy to strategy to peer reviews. More importantly, niche reports and data either never reported upon or downplayed by the mass media can now be shared with fellow entrepreneurs. Your business improves with every new piece of information you gather. Small Business Trends.

Conclusion

The state of small business today. While larger companies are again seeing profits, small businesses continue to struggle. Here are some of the reasons in a simple link above? The number of people who have lost jobs in the smallest businesses is staggering. What can the small business community do to help? WSJ

Providing endless experience from entrepreneurs. Online resources include not just data but plenty of opinion and experience too. One of the best aspects of the online resources available for small business owners and entrepreneurs is that they often come with input from other entrepreneurs just like you. What a help to hear from your peers!  Leap Year

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  1. Thanks for the round-up of small business resources. Some other resources that might be helpful on topics not mentioned here:

    Marketing Strategy:
    Some great articles and free guides, webinars etc. can be found on The Alchemist Entrepreneur (dovgordon.net). He deals with focusing your target market and identifying exactly what they want, then how to communicate it to them effectively. I’ve gained a lot from his materials.

    Search Engine Marketing:
    The SEOMoz site and community (seomoz.org) is a phenomenal resource for anything search engine related. They have some great paid tools, but many free tools, a blog, a Q and A section (for viewing only if you’re not paid), but there’s a lot of good info in there.

    Additionally, some good resources are found on Debi’Z SEO website (debi-z.com) – detailed step by step guide for a number of search engine optimization topics, and their blog is geared towards practical SEO tips for small businesses.

  2. Thanks for the resources…all of the links contained excellent information.

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