General Information and Where to Start
This pathfinder is an overview on the basics of starting your own business. It contains both Internet based and print sources, as well as a list of organizations and periodicals to assist you in planning and running your own company. The information is geared toward opening a business in the United States, and is focused more on running small businesses in general, rather than specific small businesses.
A good place to begin is your local public library, as they have many resources on starting and maintaining your own business. Some of the materials may be included in the Reference Section, but most of them will be housed in the Non-Fiction Section. Some suggestions for looking up these resources include searching under entrepreneur, small business, and management, or a combination of those terms. These terms should start you off in the right direction, but you can always ask the library staff for further assistance.
There are currently many books on starting up a small business, as you may have already noticed in your local library or bookstore. Here are a few suggestions:
Small Business Sourcebook: The Entrepreneur's Resource. Edited by Yolanda A. Johnson. This resource is in it's 11th Edition, and covers specific small business profiles and general small business topics; programs and assistance in the U.S. and its territories; and U.S. federal government agencies and offices. A two volume resource "useful to both beginning entrepreneurs and seasoned business professionals seeking to develop or expand their enterprises."
Small Business Profiles: A Guide to Today's Top Opportunities for Entrepreneurs. Edited by Suzanne M. Bourgoin, the entries "cover crucial aspects of business start up, such as costs and expected profits; financing; marketing and advertising; obtaining licenses; deciding on insurance needs and much more." In addition Small Business Profiles also suggests numerous possibilities for obtaining more information and needed resources.
Free Money for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs.
Free Money From the Federal Government for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs. Both by Laurie Blum, these two recent publications (1995, 1996 respectively) offer alternative ways to locate money to help finance your company. The information given ranges from the sources and contact information for applying for the assistance, to the proper way to apply.
If your library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System, you can look for these books and others like them at the following numbers:
Another place to check for books on any aspect of Small Business is Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/), an online bookstore.
National Association for the Self Employed (NASE)
Some periodicals that focus on Small Business issues include:
Starting a Small Business is no small feat - it takes a lot of time and effort to seriously research and plan your own business. This pathfinder was intended to address the most immediate needs when thinking about, or beginning to form your own business. The listed resources are in no way a comprehensive list, but rather a place to start from and expand. If you would like additional information that was not included in this resource list, try using a search engine with these Internet Search tips located at http://www.ipl.org/IPLBrowse/GetSubject?vid=13&cid=1&tid=6675&parent=6671. Good luck with your search and on starting your own business!
This pathfinder was created by Teresa Ginal.