Many businesses struggle when it comes to defining their competitive landscape and performing quality market analysis, and some businesses leave this key step out of their business planning. Providing every local business with one-on-one assistance is a daunting task, but it can be made easier through the use of DIY tools that can be given to businesses to help them help themselves on their own time.
The presentation starts with the key themes of the small business do-it-yourself movement and then goes on to focus on DIY resources for market analysis, ecommerce, accounting, marketing, websites, design, video, payroll, surveys, public relations, social media, business site selection, valuation, and business intelligence.
The DIY (Do-It-Yourself) movement is coursing throughout many aspects of our lives. Technology has not only made many of our common tasks easier, but it has enabled us to do many things for ourselves that we previously left to professionals. We are now our own travel agents, bookkeepers, and secretaries. We are also more and more becoming our own teachers, thanks to the growth of distance learning programs.
This presentation was given at America's SBDC Annual Conference to Small Business Development Center professionals. It outlines ways these organizations can complement their one-on-one counseling services with DIY tools, and understand the best practices for how to distribute DIY tools through either public or controlled website access.
There are expert services only trained business counselors can provide, but there are only so many business counselors available to service the millions of small business owners in existence. In order to scale up business assistance services to reach every company in a community, SBDCs can use DIY tools to meet a business owner’s basic needs, allowing staff to focus on the problems that demand their particular expertise.