Education is key when it comes to running a business, but that doesn’t have to mean an expensive degree. A degree is great, but there are ways to stay informed and on top of things without spending a dime, or at least spending very little. The following resources are great for sharpening your business skills, staying up to date on issues that matter, and becoming a better business owner.
Business Research Reports
Many of these are free and available to the public, you just have to know where to look. Some businesses make them available on their websites, some are available at the library, and some are published in periodicals. Keep an eye out and read those that are interesting and relevant.
Of course many business owners have written about their journey, and these books are great resources for becoming a better manager, business owner, and entrepreneur. E-Books are still a newer technology, and they can get a bad reputation as many are self-published and poorly written. They should not be discredited completely however. Seek out eBooks for business, read the reviews, and try a sample when available. You should be able to tell which ones are worth your time and which ones are worthless. In addition, many books that are available in print are available electronically as well, and this version may be easier to handle as many electronic books can be saved on one device to be read in small chunks of time throughout the day.
The internet is an endless resource of articles and blog posts by many talented and experienced entrepreneurs. They are a wealth of information just waiting to be tapped. While some caution is still required to weed out the useless rambling from the business research article gold, in general there is a lot to be learned from simply surfing the net. Bookmark the blogs of your favorite small business writers and sign up for emails from trusted small business websites. Then you will know when something useful has been published and can make a note to read it as time allows.
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