Accounting and bookkeeping: Proper management of cash flow is essential in running a business. You can hire an accountant or bookkeeper to help manage this or sign up for online accounting and bookkeeping services. These professionals can assist with managing income statements, determining profitability and tracking expenses. You will need these documents when filing your taxes.
Legal: Consider if you’d like to protect your brand and logo by trademarking it. You can also file for patents, copyrights and intellectual property protection. Legal professionals can also assist with employment contracts as well as contracts with vendors and other businesses. The DC Bar offers pro-bono legal consulting specifically for local small business owners.
Marketing: You will need marketing support to help generate traffic to your business. Marketing professionals can assist with print and online advertising, public relations, social media and branding. Freelance sites such as Upwork and fiverr allow you to post projects (i.e., graphic design, social media management, photography, etc.) and select from professionals to hire. Note that a portion of what you offer to pay the freelancer will go to Upwork and fiverr.
Tech support: To optimize for success, you will need to launch a website and create directories and accounts on sites like Google Maps and Yelp. Technical professionals can assist with creating a website and secure adding payment gateways.