Why you should visit your local council
Running a small business is not an easy task. You need all the help you can get. Preferably for free. But where can you get help without having to fork out so much money?
Look to your local council. What a lot of small businesses don’t know is that there are actually a lot of things that your local council can help you with. Here we have listed the top three things you can get help from your local council. For the annual membership fee, you can get heaps of stuff back.
Free Business Advice
You may know a thing or two about starting a business and running one, but it won’t hurt getting some professional advice. Check your local council for sessions with a business advisor. It might just be a free initial consult or on a subsidised fee. Still, it is worth checking. There might be a point or two that you don’t know about. Maybe details on a new legislation or a way to maximise your opportunities.
Digital Marketing/Social media
A lot of small business owners today are grappling with social media. They don’t know how to start, where to start or how to sustain it. Some local councils provide free sessions and workshops for this topic. It is worth checking out the annual schedule of workshops to see if it’s part of the offering. Also, call them to know if they provide free consult.
Local council networking events
We can’t emphasise enough the importance of networking events. You will not only meet people who might become future customers but also people who might be able to provide you with a service. There are several networking events scheduled each year. Make sure you’re already a member of your local council business group to ensure you join the free events.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Business Advisory Service (CBBAS) has all these opportunities and more. 3C Digital is available every Thursday for free 45-minute sessions with small business owners. Make sure you register your interest.
Kristyn is the Creative Director of 3C Digital. She is a freelance writer/journalist with over 13 years of experience in the industry both locally and internationally. She has previous experience as TV and radio broadcast journalist as well as print and online writer. Her novels, The Girl Between Two Worlds and The Girl Between Light and Dark, are out now.