28 Apr Small business resources: podcasts, books and tools to support your success
When I was a new entrepreneur, I had to figure things out as I went. I didn’t have easy access to information or social media. There are so many things I wish I knew when I was struggling to make it as a small business owner. That’s why, in celebration of Small Business Week, I’ve compiled a list of resources that I love.
Small business owners share the tools they wish they had started using earlier
One of my favorite things about my business is that I have the privilege of working with inspiring small business owners every day. As we put together resources to share during Small Business Week, I thought I’d ask our community of entrepreneurs to share one tool, resource, or service that has made a significant impact on their business. The tools and strategies below are things each business owner wishes they implemented sooner. Are you implementing these in your biz?
Regularly ask what’s not working.
Erin Marcus of Conquer Your Business recently implemented a new tool with her team: at least once a week during a meeting, they ask themselves what is not working.
“When we do it together as a team we make it about the procedures or strategies and not about any of us individually as a person. When we view our efforts in our business too closely as an extension of ourselves as a person, we take it personally when things don’t work out. By focusing on the process/system/action we allow ourselves to continue to get better and better without any negative attachment to our “failures”. I wish I would have embraced that a whole lot sooner! Imagine the suffering and anxiety I could have avoided!”
A bookkeeper you can trust.
Vanessa Jackson of The LemonAd Stand found that as is true with many products and services, the cheapest bookkeeper may not always be your best option. You can’t put a price on a trusted partner.
Self-awareness, responsibility, and coaches where you need them.
Mary Meduna of MMG Coaching says she could not have evolved into the leadership coach she is now without her own army of coaches, as well as self-awareness and responsibility.
“Some coaches support my business skill development and others support my personal development. Even with all of the best business coaches, I would not have grown into my full power as an entrepreneur if I hadn’t also been developing self-awareness and taking 100% responsibility for my actions and my results. This is not an easy path, and without the support of a guide, I would have quit or cut corners hundreds of times.
With courage, compassion, and their support, I have found alignment between my purpose and my business. Now, I am in a state of flow most of the time. When I find that I am ‘fighting” against something, I know that I can relax and trust that I am right where I need to be. As a result, my business is growing and my relationships are more satisfying. What could you create if you could step back and trust yourself and the process?”
Looking for a way to track your time? Melissa Lagowski of Big Buzz Idea Group recommends Harvest.
Superhuman to get to inbox zero.
If you have a hard time keeping up with your inbox, try Superhuman – Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms has been impressed with the tool.
“I can’t believe that I pay for an email inbox, but I do! It’s an incredible tool to help you get to inbox zero EVERY DAY and while I thought that wouldn’t be possible, the relief and organization that comes with it are priceless.”
Angie’s Favorite Entrepreneurial Resources for Small Business Week
It may not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but these are a few of my favorite things…
Top Podcasts for Entrepreneurs
I have come to absolutely love podcasts because I find them to be short, inspirational ways to take powerful nuggets of practical and useful tips. What a great way to pass the time on a drive or while you are exercising!
- Profit By Design
- The Tim Ferris Show
- The EntreLeadership Podcast
- Profit First Nation
- Business Made Simple
- Run Like Clockwork
Top Books for Entrepreneurs
I like short, to–the–point books, filled with real-life stories and examples. Entrepreneurs don’t have time for overly-complex, academic books! As a busy mompreneur, I find that listening to my books rather than reading them is best because it helps me multi-task! I listen while I fold laundry, take the dog for a walk, or cook! If I do get a chance to lay around and read a book, I cannot live without a pen and sticky notes. I tag the margins, scribble notes, and mark pages for ideas that I want to revisit.
- Profit First by Mike Michalowicz
- Atomic Habits by James Clear
- Traction by Gino Wickman
- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits-4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential by Greg Crabtree
- Fix This Next by Mike Michalowicz
- Crucial Conversations by Patterson, Grenny, McMillian, Switzler
- Business Made Simple by Don Miller
- How To Hire The Best by Dr. Sabrina Starling
- The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino
SBA launches ‘Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community’
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced the launch of its new virtual series called “Building a Better America: A Small Business Resource Community.” It aims to provide small businesses with the resources, tools, and support they need to succeed — especially post-pandemic. The program will feature leaders from various sectors offering briefings and trainings to help small businesses prepare for their future. The series will also host events aimed to help small businesses understand the opportunities available to them through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law).
FREE (yes free) educational and entrepreneurial resources
Bonus for Small Business Week! Check out these free resources that I’ve found helpful or inspiring:
- Find National Small Business Week events virtually and near you
Learn more about how the Small Business Administration is celebrating National Small Business Week. Attend a virtual summit May 2-5. Access the tools and information for entrepreneurs to further power our economic growth, strengthen our supply chains, and deliver products. SBA is also visiting several cities throughout the week on their bus tour.
- Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help small businesses grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, capital, and business support services. To date, more than 10,000 business owners (including Yours Truly!) have graduated from the program. You will gain practical skills across topics such as financial statements, negotiation, marketing, and employee management, and gain the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth – FOR FREE!
- Ted Talks on Entrepreneurship
3900+ talks to stir your curiosity! TED Talks are a great free resource to get inspired, see things differently, or learn something new. Entrepreneurship-focused videos cover topics including rules for building a successful business, how to measure and improve adaptability, and how to fail mindfully.
- Back to Biz resources
Your one-stop resource to get your business back on track. Back To Biz is a free program designed to help your business recover and grow. It features a collection of more than 400 actionable video lessons. Additionally, you’ll find informative interviews, success stories, articles, and tools from a diverse and renowned set of innovative entrepreneurs. The content is designed to help you expand your knowledge and skills on a wide range of topics. Learn about hiring talent, selling online, building your brand, pivoting business models, creating new revenue streams, finding your ideal customers, managing stress, and more.
- Free Whitepaper: Mistakes to Avoid When Setting Up Your Own Books
Thinking about creating your own QBO file from scratch? This free download will help you avoid major accounting file mishaps.
- Free Fix This Next Assessment
Pinpoint the vital change that will level up your business with this free evaluation tool. Next, find out how to tackle it.
- Hear Angie Speak
Find all of Angie’s podcast appearances and events in one place.
- Find National Small Business Week events virtually and near you