Entrepreneur's Online Resource to Starting a Business
Many people dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Yet, the idea of starting a business from scratch scares many aspiring entrepreneurs from pursuing their dreams. It's such a waste because there are lots of resources on the Internet to help you get started on your path to entrepreneurship. Here's the ultimate entrepreneur's online resource to starting a business.
- Starting a Business
The IRS provides information on federal taxes and other relevant topics for aspiring entrepreneurs.
The US Small Business Administration offers a step-by-step guide for people who want to start a business. Some topics include writing a business plan, assistance and training, location, financing, legal structure, registration, tax identification number, state and local taxes, license and permits, and employer responsibilities.
- How to Start a Business
This is a great place to learn what you have to do to start your own business.
- Canada Business
For people who are starting a business in Canada, here's a great guide.
This magazine provides a lot of resources for beginning entrepreneurs with tips and suggestions on startup ideas, choosing a business name, conducting marketing research, basis of business structure, business trends, home business ideas, and others.
- Business Plan
Here's an excellent outline of a business plan for people who are thinking of starting their own business.
Here's a free resource center for entrepreneurs from around the world with featured articles and lots of information.
- Foundation for Enterprise Development
This foundation is committed to promote education, inspire entrepreneurship, advance research, guide small businesses, and more.
- Business Owner's Toolkit
This website offers a guide for small businesses, business tools, membership details, and more.
- Principles of Entrepreneurship
To become a successful entrepreneur, you need to learn the finer aspects of entrepreneurship like choosing a product, selling online, sources of financing, choosing a form of business, government policies, capital, and more.
- Start Up Nation
Here's a place where you can find everything you need to know to start a business.
- Natural-Born Entrepreneur
Are entrepreneurs born? Dan Bricklin offers some interesting insights.
- Entrepreneurship Corner
Stanford University presents 2,000 free videos and podcasts on entrepreneurship.
- Business Plan Preparation
This page provides all the tools to help you write a business plan including a how-to guide, templates, spreadsheets, sample plans, lectures, tips, and so on.
- Feasibility Study
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to conduct a feasibility study and market research.
- Conducting a Market Research
The page shows you how you can conduct an effective market research for a small business.
- Market Research
This general market research guide shows how to define the problem, make an initial investigation, planning the research, gathering information, and more.
- Starting a Small Business
This guide outlines the four essential stages for starting a small business.
- Starting & Growing Your Business
This PDF discusses the ways you can start and grow a small business.
- Financing Your Small Business
In this PDF, you will find out what you can do to get financing.
This is the Small Business page at the Occupational Safety & Health Administration with FAQs.
- Small Business & the SEC
This page explains how your small business has to comply with federal securities laws and how you can raise capital.
- Business Size
The US Census Bureau provides statistics about the size of businesses in the United States.
- Employment Law
If you are planning to employ some workers, you should go to this page.
- Equal Employment
There are laws about equal employment in the US so make sure you know them before you start hiring workers.
- Licenses & Permits
If you have some questions about business licenses and permits, you can find some answers here.
- Home Based Business
Read this article to decide if a home based business is suitable for you.
- Organizing Your Business
Go here to learn the importance of organizing your business.
- Avoiding Mistakes
This article highlights some of the mistakes which can break your company.