Keeping up with small business trends or the latest apps to streamline your processes can be time-consuming. Luckily there are thousands of websites and blogs to provide inspiration and education. Here are five financial resources to help you on your journey to business success.
- QuickBooks Small Business Center
This is the ultimate guide to running your small business, a one-stop shop for small business owners who want to learn about the latest accounting and financial software, hot new apps, as well as get advice from leading experts. QuickBooks Small Business Center is presented on a clean and easy-to-navigate website, and it’s free. There are myriad articles to educate and inspire you, covering topics surrounding new tax laws, cash flow management and the best time-saving business apps. Each topic is categorized so it’s fast and simple to find what you’re looking for.
- Canada Revenue Agency
It’s crucial for small business owners to understand their tax obligations and keep up to date on tax laws or any new initiatives that could help your startup. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has a plethora of helpful information online to help you find answers to your questions, and you can also register to file your tax return online. Their detailed checklist for small business owners is a great starting point.
While the CRA can answer many of your tax-related questions, sometimes what you really need is advice from a fellow business owner who has been through it before. Learning from others in your field is invaluable, and forums are an ideal place to connect. You may even find that while looking for advice from others, you also end up helping them. Some excellent forums include CanadaOne and SmallBusinessForums.org. Reddit’s tax subreddits may also be useful in receiving feedback from thousands of users.
- Social Media
Social media platforms enable you to target specific businesspeople who are already doing what you’re doing (or a business you would like to be involved in). LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are great ways to network and get advice. In many cases, people are happy to help or offer referrals to someone who can. Odds are, they’ve looked to others for help along the way and are happy to pay it forward.
- Startup Canada Communities
There are thousands of business blogs out there, but which ones are worth keeping an eye on for the latest news and issues that impact entrepreneurs? Startup Canada has an excellent community blog that provides articles on business news, networking events and programs to educate you. It also provides you with access to mentors and invites readers to contribute through blog entries.
Small business websites, blogs and online forums offer a wealth of information to help you on your road to business success. Take advantage of them and remember there’s a huge community of entrepreneurs and industry experts willing to offer their firsthand experience. You’re not alone.
For more free information about how to improve your small business and keep on top of the latest trends, check out the QuickBooks Small Business Center.