Part of being a successful small business owner is knowing how to run a business. Some of these skills are learned through trial and error, or picked up from previous jobs. One thing is for sure: being a business owner and having the skills with which to run a business is not static! You must constantly learn and be open to improving your skills in order to improve your business.
There are many classes and programs available today that are designed to help small business owners get started and run a successful business. Earning a degree in Business Administration, Business Management or any business field offers a great advantage when starting your own small business. However, not everyone has the time or financing to go back to school for a degree. That's why there are many programs dedicated to educating small business owners by helping them succeed in their endeavors.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a training network online where small business owners can participate in a variety of business forums and can take self-paced business courses. Free 30-minute courses are offered, including Introduction to Accounting, Strategy Planning and Execution, Marketing for Small Business and a variety of other business topics.
There are many seminars, programs or weekend classes offered through other organizations. You can find listings of these classes online, in your local newspaper or magazine, or through web sites like the Business Journal. You can go to the Business Journal's web site, click on your city location, and look under Events to see what classes are being offered in your area. Offered Classes range from Business Development to Sales to Business Environment, customized to your area. Or you can visit the IRS web site to find listings of small business tax workshops, phone forums and webinars in your state.
Many schools offer one-time weekend or monthly seminars for people who don't want to commit to a set schedule, procuring a degree or paying full tuition. If a degree is what you are seeking, check out weekend and adult school programs, designed to work around your schedule with night, weekend and online classes. Contact your local college or university for class listings.
Another resource, World Wide Learn, an online education directory, offers course listings in many different areas of business, many of which can be taken online. This allows you to take the courses at your own pace without interfering with your duties as a small business owner. When you think of staying on top of your business, think of all the helpful, accessible resources available in your very own neighborhood.
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