The following is a guest post from Patrick Mackaronis, director of business development for New York City social network startup Brabble. For further reading on Pat’s ideas, please check out Home Business Mag’s piece Patrick Mackaronis Reveals Six Options for Ideal Startup Investment.
Spend your small business start up money on other things, but support and guidance in getting things going shouldn’t be one of your starting a small business costs. Here’s how to avoid any financial struggles during the first year.
Find a Mentor To Kickstart Your Business Start Up
Good business mentors are few and far between, so searching for the perfect fit may take a while. But having someone you can call when pulling out your hair because the bookkeeping won’t add is invaluable – even if you aren’t paying a cent for their services and support. This article gives a list of mentoring organizations online for you to start the search.
Hire an Intern for Your Business Start Up
All you have to do is contact your local college or university and let them know you want a business student to help you out [during their practicum time] for a couple of weeks and voila! Your small business start up gets an unpaid staff member. They may even have some skills or knowledge you desperately need.
Review Your Small Business Start Up Plan
While you’re at the school, ask if the MBA or entrepreneurship program can take a peek at your business start up plan to see if any tweaks or suggestions can be made. You never know – your small business start up could become a class project!
Take a Free Business Start Up Course
Need skills you don’t have – or worse – can’t afford to hire? Upgrade your education and take a free online course or download a free business eBook. You’ll be up to snuff in no time.