TOP 12 ONLINE LINKS FOR START-UPS
4 August 2014, Written by Laura Daquino
QUEENSLAND is home to more than 410,000 small businesses and these are at the core of every industry sector.
They are found in every community in every region, represent 96 per cent of businesses across the state, and employ 50 per cent of all private sector workers.
Small businesses – defined as businesses with less than 20 employees – complement the economic activity of large organisations.
They constitute the backbone of larger projects, power regional development, and are also the gateway through which many people enter the economy.
A portion of these small businesses are start-ups, newly established businesses that are in a phase of development and research.
Start-ups have a lot to navigate in their early days without the extra pressure of working through redundant advice on the internet.
There are, however, many useful online resources that provide a starting point for business research activities, and act as guides for taking a start-up from its infancy to profitability.
What’s more, most of these resources are offered free of charge, which means you are literally one click away from finding the best advice for entering or disrupting your industry of choice.
These resources also provide a point of contact with other small business owners.
Engaging with like-minded entrepreneurs and learning of their ideas will help get the ball rolling, regardless of what industry they have set their sights on.
Moreover, sharing in challenges with other small business owners can help you come up with innovative ways to overcome them.
After all, innovation is the entrepreneur’s speciality.
By fostering relationships with other like-minded entrepreneurs, you could form your next business partnership or bring additional stakeholders on board.
Being part of these online communities could connect you with the next mega-brand in the making, or you could become that yourself.
In a little more than 10 years, Facebook has grown out of the dorms of Harvard University and formed partnerships, or taken ownership, of more than 50 companies worldwide.
That’s some food for thought.
Here are some useful links for start-ups:
1. The Queensland Government offers a range of programs and resources to help small businesses start up, grow, or run their business: www.business.qld.gov.au/business/support-tools-grants/support/small-business
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