Small Business Guide

A fair number of organizations and publications center on the small business owner. The growth in career opportunities is far stronger in smaller private business ventures than it is in the large Fortune 500 type of firms. You may want to focus some of your job search efforts in this arena. These are several excellent sites that will facilitate your interests in this area. Paul and Sarah Edwards proclaim themselves as "self-employment experts" and give advice on this site to those who also want to be their own bosses. Get tips in text, audio, and video on how to start your own business and create a customer database. An excellent resource and customer locator. Browse the online classifieds, read the Business Network Directory, obtain expert advice on issues, or visit the Business Planning and Resources Library of small business information and tools. Also check for detailed information and special offers regarding a wide array of American Express financial services. Ancillary services also available through this site include travel managment and expense reporting tools, industry news and alerts, publications and free online personal financial planning tools. Offers how-to information, articles, case studies, and tips on using business technology tools. Contains franchise information on all lines of businesses. Many franchises are linked to this site. More focused on the entrepreneur with some cash to invest and willing to work hard on owning a business The magazine's Small Business Square offers advice on everything from marketing to finance. Discusses locating capital, building a customer base, expanding business, marketing techniques, etc. Helps identify fellow business owners. The #1 project marketplace for freelancers, consultants, and independent contractors. Provides useful articles, a search engine to find work, and allows you to create a personal profile to manage your business. The Edward Lowe Foundation provides a massive keyword searchable management database of several thousand documents geared toward small businesses. Contains a database of several hundred business magazines and a reference guide. Need funds to get your business ideas off the ground? It may not happen here, but you'll find a directory of thousands of companies who have used SBA services. Provides facts on federal aid and business counseling. Many tips on starting financing, and expanding your business including an SBA Resource Locator. Provides hundreds of links to help small and growing businesses win customers and make money on the Web through their suite of world-class Internet-empowering services. The official site of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It offers many links including a listing of chamber events, a directory of chambers, associations, and the latest news in the U.S. and around the globe. Also contains great material for anyone who is planning to work in the private sector. This site is loaded with information, from monthly newsletters to outstanding training resources.