All business owners have questions from time to time. Whether you’re pondering how to best file your tax return or just need to know how to correctly punctuate a sentence, you do have resources at your fingertips. The following toll-free numbers are worth keeping handy when you’re in need of some free advice.
Do you have questions about financing or human resources? Are you in need of statistics to support numbers in your business plan or want to find out how to obtain a government contract? The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) can help. With vast resources for small business owners, it’s a good place to start when you need general business information or assistance.
SCORE is another valuable resource that provides free business counseling. Since its inception in 1964, SCORE has helped more than 8.5 million small businesses – including Vermont Teddy Bear Company and Jelly Belly Candies. They can provide you with a dedicated local mentor for in-person counseling, and they offer many workshops and webinars, as well as a newsletter with helpful tips.
IRS Telephone Assistance for Businesses
While no one enjoys crunching the numbers on a tax return, it’s at least a little reassuring to know that there are IRS representatives available by phone to provide some guidance. Business taxes can be complex, so take advantage of this service when you need answers. You can even use this number to order a tax ID number for a new business.
Murray State University Grammar Hotline
If you’re having trouble with formulating a sentence for a proposal or business letter, you don’t have to dig out your old college English textbook. The grammar hotline team at Murray State University can help ensure that your written words are error-free.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Are you unsure of the difference between a patent, a trademark and a copyright? Do you have an invention or design you want to protect? The service agents at the USPTO can give you the information you need.
The United States Postal Service
The USPS offers a variety of support services useful to small business owners – information on permit imprints for bulk mailing, postage meter machines, drop-off locations for business mail and much more. They may even be able to help you save on what you spend on postage by providing advice on the best solutions for your business.
And here’s one more helpful toll-free number to remember. RingCentral offers complete, cloud-based business phone solutions for small businesses, with features such as voicemail, internet fax, call management, toll-free numbers and vanity numbers.
Originally published Aug 28, 2010, updated Aug 12, 2020