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The Ultimate Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs: How to Make Your Small Business a Big Success in the New Year!

  • December 28, 2017
  • Written by Community Futures Saskatchewan

After the relaxed end-of-year holiday season, it can be tempting to let your business slide into January at a slower pace. However, what separates the most successful small businesses from those that struggle is a good offense. The top companies hit the ground running in January, building positive momentum for the following 11 months.

To help you make the most of the first few weeks of the new year, Community Futures has created a powerful package of 9 entrepreneur tools designed to either help you launch your small business or take your existing company to the next level. Find descriptions of each resource below, along with the option to download every piece individually or as a complete Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs.

Afterward, reach out to our experienced Community Futures team for even more great materials and guidance regarding how to make this year your best one yet!

The Entrepreneur’s Toolkit: 75 Tools to Simplify and Amplify Your Business

The Perfect Resource For:

Entrepreneurs who wish they had 10 more hours every day to tackle their to-do list.

What You’ll Learn:

Between sales, marketing, customer service, and more, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. The solution? Simplifying your task list and amplifying your productivity. This helpful guide explains how to do just that, from overcoming the mindsets that cause entrepreneur burnout to tools that can streamline processes and enhance effectiveness.  

Where To Get It (For Free!):

Download just the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit here. Or, get the entire Ultimate Resource Collection for free here.

Ten Game-Changing Social Media Tactics for Small Businesses

The Perfect Resource For:

Small business owners who are new to social media or struggling to get their social media strategy off the ground.

What You’ll Learn:

Approximately 37% of the world’s population has at least one social media account. With that many potential customers at your fingertips, your small business has to be on social media. However, unless you’re making a concerted effort to keep up with the fast-paced world of social media, it is very easy to fall behind and end up with an ineffective strategy that sucks time without improving your brand or driving traffic to your company. This e-book is designed to help entrepreneurs overcome this obstacle, as well as avoid common social media mistakes that alienate followers and damage your online reputation. It also addresses what to post online as well as how to create a content and social media calendar that work hand-in-hand for success.

Where To Get It:

Download just the Ten Game-Changing Social Media Tactics e-book here. Or, opt to receive your complimentary copy of the Ultimate Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs here.

The Ultimate Goal-Setting Guide For Entrepreneurs: 6 Steps to Turn Your Passion Into a Plan

The Perfect Resource For:

Aspiring entrepreneurs who are looking for a way to take their big idea and make it a reality, or small business owners seeking a way to break out of the vicious cycle of busyness.

What You’ll Learn:

Have you ever wondered if you’re working on the right things to accomplish your dreams? Would you like to know whether you’re focused on the right goals to make your small business a success? If you answered yes to either of those questions, take advantage of Community Futures’ goal-setting e-book. Intended to help entrepreneurs differentiate between urgent and important tasks, and then efficiently prioritize their to-do lists, this PDF guide is a must-have for every entrepreneur.

Where To Get It:

The Ultimate Goal-Setting Guide is just one piece of the Ultimate Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs, available for download here. Alternately, get just the Ultimate Goal-Setting Guide here.

Money Mastery Secrets for Small Business Owners

The Perfect Resource For:

Entrepreneurs who want to achieve financial success, avoid bad debt, and decide whether small business loans are right for them.

What You’ll Learn:

Although many entrepreneurs start their companies for reasons other than money, a small business is still a business—and that means operation relies upon being financially stable. Yet, 80% of small business owners don’t possess basic financial knowledge! It’s time to change the stigma around discussing finances and embrace the fact that money mastery is one of the most important skills an entrepreneur can develop. This step-by-step resource dives deep in a variety of essential topics including budgeting, cash flow, and small business loans.  

Where To Get It:

You can find the Money Mastery Secrets guide here, or download it with the rest of our free Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs here.  

 Hot Off the Press: A Guide to Making Business Headlines & Turning Press Into Profits

The Perfect Resource For:

Companies offering a great product or service but no plan (or an ineffective one) for attracting attention to it.  

What You’ll Learn:

Consumers are inundated by sales messages all day long. Cutting through the noise is essential to building your company’s reputation, dominating a piece of the market, and gaining more customers. The problem is that most small business owners either don’t know how to make this happen or lack the confidence to put their publicity plan into action. After coursing through this e-book, you will know how to overcome both issues.  

Where To Get It:

Click here to get your hands on Hot Off the Press, or download our entire small business resource packet here.

 The Art of Your Start: How to Create the Right Business Right Now!

The Perfect Resource For:

Aspiring small business owners who have a big idea but haven’t yet taken the first steps to turn it into reality. Also, entrepreneurs who are auditory learners—this resource is an audio guide!    

What You’ll Learn:

A short audio workshop aimed at guiding new entrepreneurs along their journey, The Art of Your Start delivers need-to-know information about: strategically assessing your entrepreneurial idea, coursing through the beginning stages of a business plan, and resolving or avoiding common small business challenges that can steer you off course. Most importantly, this brief audio guide explains where to go when you are ready to take the next steps toward starting your small business!

Where To Get It:

The Art of Your Start is free for download here and is also included in our all-star Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs located here.

 The Saskatchewan Business Start-Up Checklist

The Perfect Resource For:

Saskatchewan citizens who are ready to make the leap and start their business.    

What You’ll Learn:

High standard of life, low costs of living, cultural diversity, and a strong economy—there are countless reasons why Saskatchewan is a great place to build a business! Plus, Community Futures has made getting started easier than ever. In this document, we break down everything you need to do step-by-step, from choosing the right structure for your company and deciding to bring on a partner to registering your business and pursuing financing. All of the information included is specific to Saskatchewan so you don’t have to wade through material that doesn’t apply to your situation. If you have been searching for a small business FAQ guide that can move your idea forward today, the Start-Up Checklist is your answer!

Where To Get It:

Find a PDF of the Business Start-Up Checklist here or take advantage of our limited-time offer—a complete package of 9 must-have small business resources! Click here for the entire Ultimate Resource Collection.  

 Free Business Plan Template

The Perfect Resource For:

Any soon-to-be business owner who wants to be prepared when starting their endeavor in order to ensure the highest odds of success.

What You’ll Learn:

Before embarking on their journey, every entrepreneur should complete a small business plan that encompasses elements like a business description, market research, price analyses, and a sales and distribution plan, among other things. Community Futures’ free business plan makes this easy, providing a detailed template for users to fill in along with instructions throughout. By the end of this extensive worksheet, you will know exactly how to create a marketing plan, assess your competition, and more.

Where To Get It:

A PDF version of the business plan worksheet is automatically included in our Resource Collection for Entrepreneurs, available for download here. Or, feel free to access the business plan separately here.

What Community Futures Looks For in a Loan Application: The Five C’s of Lending

The Perfect Resource For:

Those who want to determine whether a small business loan from Community Futures is right for them, and if so, how to become the strongest applicant.

What You’ll Learn:

Approximately 99% of Saskatchewan companies are small businesses, or those with fewer than 50 employees. Many of these small organizations are funded from outside sources such as small business loans offered by banks or lending institutions. At Community Futures, we offer several types of small business loans to promising ventures. If you’re thinking of starting a company in the area, you may be eligible to receive one! Learn more about how Community Futures determines loan eligibility in this quick reference guide, The Five C’s of Lending, as well as how to increase your chances of receiving funding for your small business.  

Where To Get It:

Click here to receive your free copy now, or get it along with 8 other informative resources here!

For a limited time, we’ve bundled the 9 must-have resources above into 1 powerful entrepreneur’s package!

 

Click here to download your free copy of The Ultimate Resource Collection for Entrepreneur and be well on your way to your most successful year yet!