July 22, 2011
Carving Out A Good Foundation
If you're just getting your business off the ground, or you're not quite sure your art - or craft - is ready for prime time, you may want to spend a few minutes with the Small Business Administration Web site.
While the Craft Entrepreneur is not completely fond of the SBA's tighter-than-tight lending requirements - we think it stifles businesses that just need that little push and it doesn't really help the "true" small business owners like jewelry makers, pottery artists, painters, metal workers, and soapmakers, just to name a few.
That said, the SBA's online courses are a good place to start getting that foundation on how to run a business. The courses walk you through writing a business plan, permits and licenses, daily operations and even how to sell your business.
Look towards community groups, business incubators or other online programs like Ladies Who Launch, or iTunes University for more in-depth study but this is a cost-free place to start.