Doing Business as a Designer: Get Help Now

Posted on June 28, 2010


Another popular misconception about business owners/entrepreneurs is that “they did it all by themselves” or “she’s a self made millionaire.”

Very rarely this is the case and more likely far from the truth.

Just look at Google: Sergey and Larry needed investor backing and strong leadership advice to bring their ideas into materialization. They did not have “all” the business knowledge that has made what Google is today without help.

So where can you find help?

In the United States, there are two organizations that help small business owners and startups. Those organizations are the SBA (small business administration) and SCORE. Both of these organizations help small businesses grow by assigning you a counselor or by attending their classes.

From the SBA Wikipedia:

“The SBA has directly or indirectly helped nearly 20 million businesses and in 2008 had a loan portfolio of roughly 219,000 loans worth more than $84 billion making it the largest single financial backer of businesses in the United States.”

Also, if your going to apply for bank loans, both of these organizations will help you get ready for applying to banks. Banks have strict criteria and will want to see the business plan. There are also SBA Loans available to qualified businesses.

And of course, there maybe help in your county also. Without people like you, a country cannot thrive. Therefore, some governments are very proactive in helping entrepreneurs get started fast.

In Europe, there is the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ECSB)

In the U.K., there is the Business Link government organization

In Japan, there is National Federation of Small Business Associations

Other Resources: Small Business Management Online Course

Doing Business as a Designer: Getting Started

Posted via email from Jae Xavier

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