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January 9, 2012

2012 Resources to Start or Maximize your Business

Happy 2012, everyone! The New Year brings new opportunities for small business owners – and 2012 is extra special for small businesses because:

  • Small businesses are getting a lot of positive attention from both the government and consumers.
  • People see small businesses as “specialized” organizations, and specialization is highly valued right now.
  • There is a greater chance of succeeding in business, thanks to stable franchising opportunities as well as cost-effective marketing strategies (social networking, etc.).

Clearly, there is no better time for aspiring business owners to make their move! But setting up a business is still easier said than done; in fact, it’s easy to get things wrong without the right kind of help. This is why RingCentral is happy to share these informative and convenient resources for starting a business in 2012.

General Resources

The US Small Business Association –The SBA can provide you with all the information and support you need to get your small business going.

Start Your Own Business:  50 Things You Need to Do – The legal encyclopedia site Nolo offers you two pages of links that guide you through the entire process of setting up and establishing a business.

SCORE – Offering the best entrepreneurial mentoring guidance in the U.S., this non-profit network helps entrepreneurs who are new to the game get the best possible start.

Choosing the Right Kind of Business

The Business Idea Library – If you’re not quite sure what kind of business you want to set up, you should check out this site; it helpfully organizes industry categories that you may want to enter.

10 Hot Startup Sectors for New Business Ideas in 2012 – If you want to learn more about the coolest and most profitable business ideas right now, this Entrepreneur.com article will really help you.

17 Great Business Ideas for 2012 – Don’t want to be too radical?  BusinessNewsDaily.com serves up an article that shares simple but profitable ideas.

Planning for Your Business

How to Write A Business Plan – This Entrepreneur.com article provides you with all the information you need for writing a solid and effective business plan for your new enterprise.

Choosing a Business Structure – The IRS discusses different kinds of business structures on this page. Legal organization is an important consideration when launching a new company.

Hiring Employees – While it’s perfectly possible to run a business on your own, it never hurts to get some help. MyNewCompany.com guides you through the process of hiring (and paying) good people.

Raising Funds

How to Raise Capital for Your Business – Not sure you have enough money to launch a start-up? This article provides a detailed list of sources you can tap into.

How to Raise Money for Your Business – If you want to know the ideal financing approach to your business idea, Entrepreneur.com has a piece just for you.

5 Ways to Raise Funds for Your Startup – For an abbreviated list of fund sources worth exploring, check out this article on Mashable.

Selling Your Business to the Market

5 Steps to Creating a Marketing Plan – To get your business to attract customers, it needs a solid marketing plan. Entrepreneur.com shows you how to build one.

6 Important Market Trends to Watch in 2012 – Want to really get the attention of a large part of the market? Tapping into one of these market trends can help you make it big this year.

5 Ways to Market Your Business in 2012 – Noobpreneur.com shares with you some of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of getting your business noticed.

Smooth Operating

Best Web-Based Project Management Tools – Want to keep your business organized? Here are some of the best and most convenient project management tools you can use in 2012.

Best Mobile Apps for #Productivity in 2012 – It pays to be productive, and in our increasingly mobile world, we need on-the-go productivity. These apps help you maximize your time and energy.

Top Small Business Phone Systems – No matter how small your business is, it still needs great phone service for effective communication. This site helps you find the best solution for your telecommunications needs. And look at that – RingCentral is at the top of its list!
2012 looks like a promising year for small businesses, and RingCentral is excited to see more entrepreneurs find success!