Small Business Resources
We don’t trust just anyone. Here you’ll find just a few of our go-to resources for the operation and growth of our businesses. This page contains affiliate links, which means if you sign up for a resource B&L will receive funds to continue our mission at no extra cost to you.
What’s a business without a solid foundation? Here are some trusted legal, financial and foundational resources to guide your way.
Maintaining a business using spreadsheets is great when you are small, however as you grow in revenue and size a software is vital to your sanity. Intuit is one of the top financial software companies in the world. It’s easy-to-use online platform is preferred by business owners and accountants. We are proud to offer you an exclusive discount off published prices through our partnership with QBO.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
Through a grant-funded program, Innovative Capital Strategies assists small businesses in qualifying for SBA and business loans through their Capital Ready & Business Funding Program. This program helps you to create a business plan that lenders want to see and guide you through the process of obtaining the funding your small business needs to grow.
Now that your business is established, let’s keep the back end productive. Organization be it digital or physical is a key element to growth and sanity.
We love Michael Hyatt and his goal setting system. What’s great about his system is goals actually get accomplished. It helps you focus on your priorities and move the needle that drives your business and life forward. No matter what planning system you use – USE IT! A goal without a plan is just a dream.
Whether you use G Suite or Gmail for your business this app is a game changer for staying on top of email and tasks. It’s great for sales or project management the deals heavily with back and forth on email.
Are you ready for your life to be changed? This is it. We use Airtable for everything here at B&L – from podcast organization to annual planning to content calendars to client relationships. It can be used for so many things and they have templates to get you started.
No matter your business or service, an online presence is vital to being seen, heard and FOUND. It doesn’t have to be complicated or vast. Even the smallest of steps can help you increase your sales.
If you aren’t using email yet – let’s work on that. If you are but it’s via bulk sending from your iMail or Gmail account, we need to change this up. Email is a key part of any business and staying top of mind with your clients. It’s a great way to get feet into your store as you announce new products, services and limited-time offerings. We use AC here at B&L and look forward to sharing with you how use use it to grow.
Made specifically for small businesses, this service allows you to host your website no matter how big or small and receive personalized service. If you don’t have a website they will help guide you through the process to get just the basics or a site ready for scaling.
We recommend and use WordPress and Elegant Theme, specifically their Divi theme. It offers many templates to quickly create a one-page website or a website with many pages and articles. It’s up to you how detailed you want to go, but with Divi no matter what you choose it will look professional without the expense.