I love reading about business, but there is nothing like having the opportunity to ask questions to a real person and get the answer you need right away. That's why I love attending free business workshops. Below I have list some of my favorites:
SCORE stands for Service Corp. of Retired Executives. It is a nonprofit association dedicated to help small businesses get of the ground and grow. They offer online workshops that you can attend live to ask questions or view the recordings at your leisure. They also provide counseling with a SCORE volunteer via email or in person. Lastly, you can use all of their online business tools and templates.
Etsy is an online global community where people come together to make, buy and sell unique goods. Etsy has created many ways for people in this community to come together and share their knowledge. On Etsy.com/community, you can join a team to share ideas and advice with other etsy sellers. You can find a schedule with lists Etsy events your can visit in person, like a workshop or a craft party. There are also opportunities to join a live online workshop or view a recorded one.
The New York and Brooklyn Public Libraries:
The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library offer great free classes and programs for emerging entrepreneurs. Last week, I attend a workshop at the NYPL that was very helpful, "Types of Legal Business Structures," presented by Salvatore P. Candela of the Tax Advocate Group, LLC. It was great to attend and be able to ask questions to a professional.
Design Sponge is a Brooklyn based blog run by Grace Bonney. this blog has inspired me so much. I started out by reading the Life and Business Column and then discovered the After the Jump pod cast. Both offered such great interviews, tips and advice for entrepreneurs. I love listening to After the Jump as I work.
So I hope this inspires you to get out there and learn, network and get inspired. I would love to hear about where you go!