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How to Start a Business: Resources for Everything You Need to Know

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Consider this your business startup resources library! Here you’ll find links to everything you need to know about starting, funding, marketing and running your own business. Whether you’re still working your day job while dreaming of a new solo endeavor, looking for small business ideas, about to go freelance, or you’re ready to put your business plan into action, the QuickBooks Community is here to help you every step of the way.

 

If you don’t see what you’re looking for here, tell us in the comments and chances are our super helpful and knowledgeable Community members will point you in the right direction.

 

Oh, and congrats on doing your self-employment research! You can feel good knowing that you’re already succeeding in your venture by self-education and engaging with others who’ve been there!


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HOW TO BE SELF-EMPLOYED 101

 

These articles will take you through the general thoughts, planning and actions of becoming a new business owner, working for yourself or going freelance.

 


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DEFINE YOUR BUSINESS

 

You opened a business because you saw a unique niche in the market, now let’s figure out exactly what you do. The better you define and know your business from the start, the better foundation you’re laying for everything that comes after -- marketing, selling, customer service, growing...you get the idea!

 


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FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS

 

Whether you bootstrap (start with nothing), take out loans, invest your savings or crowdfund to get your biz off the ground, one thing is for certain -- you need some capital to get humming. These articles have ideas for how to do just that. 

 


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PRICE WHAT YOU SELL

  

One of the biggest puzzles to solve for the independently employed is the price point at which to sell your products or services. These articles will help you figure out what your goods are worth and you’ll learn helpful strategies from other business owners.

 


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GET CUSTOMERS & CLIENTS

  

How do you attract people to buy what you sell? These articles are a wealth of ideas for finding new customers and keeping the regular ones with clever marketing tactics and ideas for excellent customer service.

 


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MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

  

Let’s shout it from the rooftops! You’re open for business! These articles will guide you toward implementing and establishing a marketing strategy that works for you.

 


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UNDERSTAND BUSINESS & FINANCIAL TERMS

  

Understanding your business financials is one of the biggest (and sometimes most dreaded) parts of operating your own thing, but we believe that you can do it! These articles will introduce you to the basics of self-employed finances and teach you a few new terms to use at your next pitch meeting.

 


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MANAGE YOUR MONEY

 

Carefully and accurately managing your money from the get-go will help you avoid costly mistakes in the future. Check out these articles for smart tips and strategies about some of your important money matters.

 


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GET PAID

 

Passion and commitment may have fueled your decision to start your own business, but cold hard cash is critical to keeping the doors open. The best way to get paid on time, every time for your products or services? Learn how to make the most of every invoice.

 


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LEARN FROM ESTABLISHED ENTREPRENEURS

  

Sometimes the best way to learn a new skill is to hear the stories of those who’ve gone before you and, oh boy, do we have a deep bench when it comes to knowledge from experienced business owners. Be inspired, learn from their wins and fails, ask your questions and maybe even find a mentor!