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Trying to Get a Small Business Up and Running? Read This First.


Starting a new business is hard. There’s so much to do and you want to do everything right the first time around so you don’t have to learn from your own mistakes.

Well, here at KCSourceLink we’re in the business of making the lives of small business owners a little easier. If you’re just itching to get your specific question answered right away, shoot us a little info on our contact us page and we’ll get back in touch with steps you can take this instant (& it’s free!)

Otherwise, grab yourself a hot cup of coffee, pen and paper, and enjoy these must-read articles from the Small Business Administration on getting your business off on the right foot:

20 Questions to Ask Before Starting a Business

Stop everything and answer this question straight away—why am I starting a business? The answer to this question will be your primary fuel as you struggle with the #entrepreneurlife. Take some time to realize an answer that’s truly meaningful to you, then move onto the next 19 questions.

6 Low Cost Ways to Test Your Business Idea

Most startups fund their business right out of their own pocketbooks, others reach out to friends and family (learn more about raising capital for your business.) Either way, you don’t want to waste a single cent while getting a business off the ground. Try out one of these great ways to vet your idea without burning cash.

4 Ways to Better Manage Irregular Income

Many entrepreneurs sacrifice a regular paycheck in order to chase their dream. That’s as noble as it gets, but can also be really frustrating when it comes time to pay the bills and put some food on the table. Don’t fret, there are some simple steps you can take to handle the ups and downs.

Quarterly Taxes, The Basics

I’m going to break the fourth wall here for a second… Kyle here! I freelanced for years and always paid my taxes in a lump sum at the end of the year—ouch! Back to omniscience… Whether you’re a single business owner or a freelancer piecing together gigs, learn how to pay quarterly taxes right now and save yourself a huge headache come April.

How to Buy an Existing Business

Just because you want to run a business doesn’t mean you have to start from scratch. If you can find the right business to take over, you may actually save yourself in startup costs by buying an existing entity. Just make sure that another person’s junk is in fact your treasure.

8 Ways to Boost Sales of Your Small Business Services

To be a good business person you have to be good at sales. No ifs, ands or buts about it, your business won’t survive if you can’t get money in the door. Shake off your reluctance about making sales and soak in these fundamental rules for pleasing your customers.

6 Golden Rules for Building Your Business with Social Media

Most businesses are on social media these days in one fashion or another. Even businesses that sell to other businesses can leverage platforms like Linkedin. If you’re going to allocate resources to have a social media presence, make sure you’re doing at least these six things right.

Top Tips to Lead and Empower Employees

Making the right hiring decisions can make or sink a small business. You must put the right people in the right positions in order to succeed. Then, you have to make them happy. These tips on empowering employees are pretty solid guidelines for any business relationship.

Tips for Entrepreneurs

Too often, small business owners are so busy working IN their business that they don’t leave any time to work ON their business. That could be a fatal mistake. This article also shares practical ways to serve your community and over-deliver to your customers.

So, what do you think? Got enough to read for the next few hours? If you want to set aside the “books” and get straight to building the business you want, go ahead and share some information on our contact us page and we’ll be in touch ASAP with (free) steps you can take right now to move closer to your dream.    

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