Did I say I was excited? This next feature is offering a wonderful rural business resource to anyone who owns or is looking to open a business. Very worthwhile and free. I don’t know about you, but this rings my bell. (I really would say that- jokingly) I’d probably even finish by singing the song- Ring my Be-e-eel, Ring My Bell- perhaps some shoulder movement. No one is awake to proof read tonight. Enjoy! ~Kasse D.
Meet Julie blogging from: Sassy Spirit
A few weeks ago I was introduced to Kasse’s blog and loved the concept. I reached out to let her know that the Small Business Development Centers are here, not only for Oklahoman's but that we are part of a nationwide group that offers FREE business advising/coaching for small business. You can find your local office here. Kasse invited me to do a guest post to increase traffic to my blog which I thought was super funny because my blog is read by about three people but I was up for the challenge. I’m wife to a dairy farmer, mom to three, a former small business owner (family photographer), and a woman who is starting all over again as a Small Business Development Specialist . Below is my “speech” about what we can do for you.
Small Business Development Centers are funded by the Small Business Administration, each State’s Department of Commerce and a partner university. Our official task is to help small businesses start up, grow and succeed. We are very well known for how we can help start ups. We help them focus their ideas, guide them with paperwork and sometimes ask them NOT to go into business. Opening a business is a romantic notion and we all do it for our own reasons; being with our kids, being our own boss, being able to support our hobby or being able to buy supplies wholesale. When I opened my studio, I never ran the numbers… after all why should I? My rent was only $100 (since I shared it with a children’s boutique), my husband’s income was sufficient to pay all our bills, and I wasn’t looking to get rich. Does any of this sound familiar? In the fifth year of my business I went to a photography studio management seminar that cost me a week away from my family and about $2000. I closed six months later. The numbers just weren’t there. Sure I could have added weddings (blech), worked more, traveled more (I lived 2 hours outside a major city). The truth was I didn’t want to.
What I want you to know is there is someone out there who cares about your business and you more than any “industry expert” ever could. We are in your own backyard, we can help from the very beginning (revenue and expense projections are easy for people who do them everyday), and we are FREE. I know some photographers, machine embroiders and cupcake makers who are more than giving away their product. I don’t care if you love the work, it supports your hobby or you only work during the hours the kids are in school; you still deserve a fair wage because you Rock.
Thank you Julie!