I’ve talked to aspiring entrepreneurs who hem and haw over getting stared on their dream business, but hemming and hawing ultimately gets in the way of fulfilling your goals. If you’re dreaming of starting a business, don’t wait on your dream; start today.
I have had the privilege of helping a number of new businesses with the legal paperwork and advice necessary to launch their new ventures. Armed with knowledge and a plan, these entrepreneurs are living their dreams.
Like them, you’ll want to develop a “team” necessary for a successful business – your accountant, lawyer, maybe a bookkeeper, a banker. These trusted professionals help you take care of business so you can focus on what you do best. And if you lay the groundwork from the beginning, it’s easier to grow your business the way you’ve envisioned.
I would like to let you in on a few secret weapons for entrepreneurs and business owners that not everyone may know about. Similar resources are available in other counties and states as well. If you have the business bug, check it out.
Bottom line: Don’t be afraid, now is a great time to get started with your dream. Be sure to contact a qualified business attorney for advice and help to start off on the right foot.
Invent is a startup incubator and co-working space. Invent sponsors many events for entrepreneurs, including my personal favorite, a version of the show Shark Tank where inventors pitch their ideas to a live audience. It’s amazing to see what people come up with. Invent is also a co-working space where new businesses share space for a reasonable price, along with resources such as printing and scanning. The entrepreneurs get the added benefit of sharing ideas and energy with other start-up businesses. Read more about all the great services offered by Invent here: http://inventcoworking.com/
The Foundry is the newest thing for inventors and entrepreneurs in Bellingham, Wash. It is a “makerspace” where members pay a monthly fee (or a day pass) to use a full suite of equipment such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, band saws and much more. Anything you might need to create a new product or work on the project of your dreams can be found in a makerspace. Read more about the Foundry here: http://www.bellinghamfoundry.com/
Small Business Development Center
In connection with Western Washington University, the SBDC offers a staff of MBA business advisors who have loads of experience in running and advising small businesses to great success. And all of the SBDC’s services are ABSOLUTELY FREE to small business owners. You can use the Center to help you craft a business plan, bounce ideas around for changing your business or spiffing up your marketing plan. This is a great resource – more about the SBDC here: http://www.wwu.edu/sbdc/
Small Business Administration
The SBA is most well known for providing small business loans, but they also have a wealth of resources to educate small business owners on everything from finances to business management. Check out their website here – http://www.sba.gov/
SCORE is the Corps of Retired Executives. It offers mentors who have “been there, done that” in the business world and have a wealth of knowledge. SCORE also offers webinars on business management and other related topics that are worth a look – www.score.org
Great resources, right? I hope they have inspired you to think about all the possibilities of starting your own business. And I hope I’ve reminded you of the importance of consulting a qualified business attorney before you start on the exciting journey of starting a business.
Call Limitless Law at (360) 685-0145 to get your new business off to a solid start!