In the post, 3 Must-Dos To Run Your Writing Like A Business I gave an overview of the bare minimum every freelance writer needs to know and do about the business side of their writing. It’s truly a bare bones approach. I also mentioned two of my favorite teachers of entrepreneurs.
There are, however, a whole slew of resources and ways to learn what you need and want to know about business.
Keep in mind that you’re probably not trying to get a degree in business. You want information that’s aimed at the solo entrepreneur. You’ll probably want some information on keeping the books, taxes, and marketing to start. These resources are a place to start.
Entrepreneurs at About.com - About.com has a whole section on entrepreneurs as well as an active and free forum. You’ll find a fair amount of fluff and almost get rich quick stories, but there’s also pure gold if you’re a bit discriminating. The sub-topic, Running a Business has a selection of articles you may find helpful.
10 Books for Entrepreneurs - Entrepreneur, which has a ton of resources, recently highlighted 10 books they thought many in business for themselves would benefit from reading. While the first one, about franchising most likely isn’t a fit, the rest definitely could be. If you read one or two of these before the end of the year you’ld be ahead.
Your local community college - Community colleges are an under utilized resource in my opinion. Check there for inexpensive but good classes on a variety of aspects of doing business. If you’ve got a four year college or university near by check out what they offer too. They will be more expensive but it might be worth it.
SCORE which is funded through the Small Business Administration, offers an amazing variety of resources – many of them free. I’ve used them to help me organize my business expenses, create a business plan and sometimes to answer a quick business connection. If you’ve got a SCORE office in your town you’re in extra good luck, but there is lots of help on their website.
5 Buck Forum – a bit of shameless self-promo here but I’m amazed at how much solid buisness knowledte shows up in our forum over at AboutWritingSquared.com – and at $5 a month it’s hard to go wrong.
The point is just because you’re a freelance writer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn at least a bit about running your own business. It’s time well spent and can even turn into another subject you can write about.
What business resources work for you?
Write well and often,