Starting a Small Business
Where to Start
Advice, Tips, and Guidelines
- Score - Free small business advice.
Finding a Name
Legal & Financial Issues
Government Forms & Loans
- Bplans - Free business plan samples, and software (for a fee).
- More Business - Free business plan samples.
Types of Businesses
Women and Minority Owned Business
- Franchise Expo
- Franchise Gator - This site is a good starting point for exploring franchise possibilities, with over 700 franchises covered, and industry, location, and capital indexes to their database of franchises, plus articles and guides to franchising. While U.S.-based, this site is expanding to the United Kingdom and internationally.
- BizBuySell - One of the ways to start a small business is to buy an existing one. This site, in alliance with the Wall Street Journal Online, claims it "is the Internet's largest and most heavily trafficked business for sale marketplace, with more business for sale listings, more unique users, and more search activity than any other service. BizBuySell currently has an inventory of over 50,000 businesses for sale."