Small businesses start with great ideas. If you have a great idea and 2010 is your year to start a small business, then plan ahead.
Now is the time to jot down your vision of where you want to be in five years. Starting a business? What kind of sales, profits, market niche and employees do you see ahead. Paint a picture of the future.
To get started, meet with a SCORE mentor and talk about your ideas for a business. In person, ask for a copy of the workbook “How To Really Start and Structure Your Business.” This free workbook by SCORE and The Company Corporation is a great resource to help you think through a small business start.
Find SCORE and make an appointment to meet a mentor in person.
Try the online workshop on putting together your Business Plan.
Take the entrepreneur readiness quiz.
If this is the beginning of your journey, don’t go it alone. Start out by surrounding yourself with trusted advisors. SCORE advice is free and confidential. Take this opportunity to make an appointment to meet with a mentor in person. Find SCORE near you.
Discover how you can use Twitter hashtags to find prospects and get business intelligence.
This is the second of a three-part Twitter research tutorial, in pictures. I’ve created screen shots that relate to my nonprofit, SCORE Chicago, to use as examples. SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business,” offers free business counseling and inexpensive business workshops to entrepreneurs and small business owners. One of our most important keyword phrases is business plan Chicago.
A Twitter hashtag looks like this: #. On Twitter, these are used as keywords. They connect tweets and make it easy to find related tweets.
I can search for our main keyword phrase, business plans, using a hashtag. But it’s two words, not one. I check hashtags.org to see what formats people are using, and which is the most popular. You can do a search to identify the most popular hashtag version of your keyword or keyword phrase, or use their directory.