Starting your Business


Starting your Business

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Developing a Business Idea

  • Business Owner's Toolkit

    Business Owner?s Toolkit offers more than 5,000 pages of free cost-cutting tips, step-by-step checklists, real-life case studies, startup advice, and business templates to small business owners and entrepreneurs. The site also offers a monthly newsletter, up-to-date news topics, and Ask Alice!, a column that closely follows industry trends and provides trusted advice to inquiring site visitors. Free and paid memberships options are available.

  • Checklist for Starting a Business - IRS

    Sponsered by the IRS, this page provides links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business. It also provides information to assist in making basic business decisions. The list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business.

  • Developing a Business Idea

    Provides a series of checklists to aid in the development of business ideas.

  • Evaluating Your Business Idea FAQ

    A list of questions to ask before starting your own business.

  • How to Start a Small Business

    A Web book developed to help prospective small business owners with the often overwhelming process of starting a business - everything from writing a business plan to finding government contracts.

  • Small Business Planner

    Careful planning is fundamental to success. The Small Business Planner includes information and resources that will help you at any stage of the business lifecycle.

  • Starting a Business - Entrepreneurs.com

    Starting a Business: How-To Guides; Business Ideas; Startup Basics; Business Plans; Getting Financing; Finding Customers; Inventing; Success Stories; and Going Green.

  • Starting a New Business

    Starting a new business is one of life's important steps, whether you are starting your first business, or moving into a new business after years of experience. Provides checklists for starting a new business.

  • Starting a small business by Brad Ross

    Each small business is as unique as the entrepreneur running the business, and there is no one standard formulae for starting your own business. This article describes key success factors to help guide your business and ensure you are on a solid foundation before you open the doors.

  • Startup Guides

    Entrepreneur magazine's Startup Guides give you all the information you need to start your dream business.

  • The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups - Paul Graham

    List of things Startups shouldn't do - essentially, not making something somethings users want. Paul Graham provides a list of 18 things that cause startups not to make something users want. Nearly all failure funnels through that. Paul Graham is an essayist, programmer, language designer, and investor. He co-founded Viaweb (which eventually became Yahoo! Store).

  • U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. It's programs include: Technical Assistance (Training & Counseling); Financial Assistance; Contracting Assistance; Disaster Assistance Recovery; programs for Special Interests Groups; Advocacy, Laws & Regulations; and Civil Rights Compliance (CRC).

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Business Plan

  • Business plan - Wikipedia

    This is a summary article that covers many topics related to business plans - their content, how they are used, legal issues, and spoofs of business plans, among others. Please see individual sections for links to detailed discussions of various topics relating to business plans.

  • Center For Business Planning

    Business Plan Software, Samples and Strategy.

  • Why You Need to Write a Business Plan

    Nolo.com Article: Learn why writing a business plan is important - even if you're not trying to raise money.

  • Write a Business Plan

    U.S. Small Business Administration guides and links to information for writing a business plan.

  • Writing a Business Plan FAQ

    Learn the what, when, why, and how of business plans from findlaw.com.

Buying a Business

  • Buying a Business

    About.com overview about buying an existing business that's already demonstrated an ability to successfully operate, rather than starting your own. Provides links to other articles that address the various aspects of buying a business.

  • Buying a Business: What You Need to Know

    Nolo.com article about the research you should do and the information you should have before purchasing a business.

  • Top 10 Mistakes Made When Buying a Business

    List of common mistakes to avoid when buying a business.

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Franchising

  • 10 Steps for Choosing the Right Franchise

    List of steps to help you evaluate any franchise opportunity you are considering to choose the one that suits you, and to reduce risk and raise the levels of success.

  • Buying a Franchise: A Consumer Guide

    A booklet prepared by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to explain how to shop for a franchise opportunity, the obligations of a franchise owner, and questions to ask before investing.

  • Consumer Guide to Buying a Franchise

    Guide from the 'Lectric Law Library" about the benefits and responsibilities of owning a franchise, and what buying a franchise entails.

  • Find the Right Franchise

    11 Top Tips to Help Select the Perfect Business Franchise.

  • Franchising

    Franchising.com provides a directory of hundreds of franchise opportunities; thousands of articles; news stories; how-to guies; and informational profiles to assist you in finding the right franchise opportunity.

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