A limited budget is the number one obstacle to growth for most small businesses today. Taking this into consideration, it’s a good idea to get creative and discover alternative means of accessing the resources you need. So where should you start?
The online world has changed the way we do so much and it also offers the new entrepreneur a vast amount of information as well as many great (and often free) tools with which to build your vision of a new business.
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Regenesys Business School offers fully accredited, free online business courses for South Africans. Partnering with entities like The Sunday Times, Pearson Education and the HRDP council, Regenesys aims to educate 1 million people in the next three years.
The courses offered include:
Master of Business Administration
Postgraduate Diploma in Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
Higher Certificate in Business Management
Another great educational resource is, Entrepreneur Bootcamp. This is a collection of 9 free course for entrepreneurs, offered by successful business leaders. The project was designed for the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) by online education company GetSmarter, with sponsorship from Van Schaik Publishers. Any of the nine courses can be completed individually, however a “certificate in entrepreneurship” from the Entrepreneurs Organisation is on offer if all nine are completed within one year.
Looking for a business mentor? VC4Africa (Venture Capital for Africa), Africa’s largest entrepreneur and investor community has launched VC4Africa’s ‘Mentorship Marketplace’: A peer-to-peer marketplace where entrepreneurs can add ‘mentor requests’ that are visible, searchable and actionable by a pool of registered mentors.
FaxPlus also offers you free online business tools. We have curated a vast array of online apps, documents and free programs. Everything from invoicing and photo editing, to sale and rental agreements. Be sure to check out the amazing resource for nearly anything you could need online.
HubSpot’s Internet Marketing Whitepapers and eBooks Here you will find 38 documents written by internet marketing gurus. Includes topics like How to Monitor Your Social Media in 10 Minutes a Day, Lead Generation Lessons From 4,000 Businesses, Facebook marketing, Linkedin marketing, Twitter marketing, and more.
So if your business is just beginning and your finances are limited, don’t despair. There are numerous resources available to help you in setting up your new business. You simply have to know where to look.