Running a small business means wearing many hats — you’re a manager, marketer and accountant all in one. Variety is the spice of life, but sometimes you must learn these skills on the fly and you might not have partners to lean on for support. That’s where online communities come in. They can provide advice and access to resources, while connecting you to industry experts and other business owners locally and around the world.
Here are five advantages of joining an online small business network:
Access the right resources.
When time is precious, it’s valuable to have at hand all the tools you need to launch, run and grow your operation at your fingertips. Whether you’re looking for newsletter templates or guides to better understanding your competitors, online small business communities can help you get through your to-do list much faster. Check out our guide to free online resources that can help your business.
Tap into a wider network.
Running a small business can sometimes be a solitary endeavour without coworkers to bounce ideas off or trade stories. Online communities like Futurpreneur’s Entrepeer Hub on LinkedIn can help you tap into a wide network of likeminded people who can provide insights based on their own experiences.
Get an international perspective.
Want to know more about marketing your business internationally or exporting to new markets? An online small business community can connect you with industry insiders in different markets ready to share their expertise.
Save money and access deals.
Looking for a discount on your utilities, tips on affordable technology or advice about a business loan? Getting a good deal can make all the difference when it comes to staying in the black. Business-focused forums can help you with tips on where to find the best bargains.
Campaign in your community.
When you join a small business community, you can add your voice to causes that matter to you and other similar business owners — whether it’s public holidays, taxation or globalisation. Join a community like a local Chamber of Commerce to make your voice heard in your area.