7 Resources to Help You Start a Business

So, you want to start a business.  Congratulations!  It’s a wonderful pursuit to undertake, one that my wife, among others, is planning to engage in herself.  There are a huge variety of businesses that you could start, allowing you to work in almost any field you could imagine, work at any location you would want (working from home being a top choice on many people’s lists), and potentially earn enough money to be one of the wealthiest people on the planet.  It’s a good path to follow.

But it requires lots of effort and knowledge in order to be successful in business, as regardless of the type of business, there are lots of things you need to learn and skills you need to master.  In order to master those skills, you need to learn where to find the necessary information.  That’s what this article is for, to cover where you can find 2hat you need to learn in order to start a successful business and build it up into a thriving empire (or at least a way to pay the bills and save for your retirement).

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7 Resources for Help in Starting a Business

1. The Small Business Administration (SBA) – If you’re an American citizen, there are few places better to start your research into the business creation process than the SBA website.  Besides providing a source for loans and other financial support, the SBA provides an incredible amount of information to small business owners.  With the government seeking to support you as you create a business, it’s not a bad idea to stop by here before going too much further in your searches.

With work like this, I'm sure my wife will be a success in the craft world
I’m definitely going to use all the resources I can to help promote my wife’s work

2. IRS Information on Starting a Business – I know, one of the last things you want to think about as you get your business started is how to handle taxes on your profits (although, it would not be bad if your business will someday be generating a substantial profit).  For those of us here in the United States, it’s good idea to be familiar with the tax business information that the IRS provides, to ensure that you are following all the appropriate rules to avoid visits from the IRS in the future.

3. State Resources – Most states want businesses to start within their boundaries, and as a result do their best to encourage the would-be entrepreneurs in their boundaries.  To spur them on, many states provide information on how to start a business, as well as sharing the business-related rules that they enforce.  For example if you need to learn how to file a statement of information for an LLC in California you could go online to sites like http://www.sundocumentfilings.com. Running a quick search of ‘starting a business’ + [Name of State where you want to work] should net you plenty of information; if you’re one of my fellow Pennsylvanians, here are several resources to get you started.

4. Small Business Organizations – There are organizations out there that are unaffiliated with any government that want to create new entrepreneurs, and will provide you with assistance and information as a result.  A complete list could fill this article, but two that stand out are Score and Startup Nation.  Both provide useful information to get you on your feet, with advice from entrepreneurs designed to get you into the entrepreneurial game yourself.

5. Magazines Aimed at Business Owners – There are plenty of forms of magazines out there, covering every subject you can imagine, including businesses and startups.  Two in particular I’ve found quite interesting during my past research (and general reading, because yes, I read magazines about businesses for fun) are Inc. and Entrepreneur.  Being both easy to read and oriented at business beginners, they make for good sources for additional info when running a new business.

6. Blogs – I can hardly go without mentioning that there are plenty of interesting and useful blogs to help you as you start a business of your own.  One I’ve particularly enjoyed that has a huge amount of information is My Wife Quit Her Job, with both helpful topics and a quirky name.  (If you have the money, Steve also provides a comprehensive course on starting an ecommerce site, although at $599, it might be a little outside your budget when you are at the absolute beginning of your business efforts.)  If you want advice from people working on sites just like you, these sort of sites are definitely worth checking out; speaking of which…

7. Right Here! – I’ll end my list of useful resources for starting a business by sharing my own small business articles.  I’ll admit, there’s plenty more that I need to add (and need to learn about first), but that’s part of what makes this blog so useful: I’m learning just the same as you, so I’m not about to assume that you know all the basics and jump ahead to something impossibly hard.  Feel free to read up on what I’ve already discussed, and I’ll be sure to write much more in the near future.  (After all, over the next several months, I’m going to be helping my wife develop her own craft business, so I’ll have a lot more to share in the future.)

Seriously, with work like this, she's quite the talent.
Seriously, with work like this, she’s quite the talent.

These are hardly the only resources that are out there, but they should get you started on your business.  Do you have any more resources you’d like to share?  Is there anything in particular you’d suggest to entrepreneurs just starting out (myself, and my wife, included)?

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