Help to Start your Business

Start your business resources for entrepreneur and small business intenders
You will most probably start your business for one of four reasons;
(1) it is something you intended to do your whole life
(2) it is something that will be forced on you through a job loss
(3) it is something that will grow out of an experiment or hobby
(4) an opportunity will present itself and you will be crazy enough to run with it immediately.

Whatever the reason, it’s almost too late to educate yourself once you take the leap, because that’s what happens when you ‘grab a tiger by the tail’. If you have not availed yourself of a researched education prior to launch, then the ‘University of Hard Knocks’ awaits.

However, if you are still at intender stage, then you will find that spending a little time educating yourself about the journey ahead may save you much misery & heartache later. I hope this compiled resource helps start your business.

Introduction – Start your Business

I have put this resource together for you the intending entrepreneur and small business owner to help you start your business on the right foundation. I have done this because I agree with the New York Times article that states that more than 50% of new ventures won’t make it.
 
There is plenty of other advice ‘out there’ and almost too much information on this topic, so I thought I would share with you the sites that I have found most useful and could help you start your business.
 
Why my interest, you might ask? Well, I have personally started over 13 new businesses which involved more than 30 outlets and for the past 3 years I have been a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Southbank Institute of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
 
New Venture Architect 
My continuing coaching/mentoring and business modelling work together with this time of reflection and research, has led me to the following useful sites. I like to refer to my job as a New Venture Architect or (NVarchitect as my net name)
 
I have also provided catogrised links to my current web articles, which I will add to in the comming months. 
 
Now, success is not only a factor of what you know but it also relies on the skill of knowing where to go when you need to know something you don’t. I hope these resources will help to provide you with the answers to what you need to know, before you your start your business venture.
 
                                                                  

Courses and Lectures

Course – My own Business Inc.
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Here is a free course on how to start your business. It is provided by a not-for-profit organisation called My Own Business, Inc. 
 
This organisation wish to educate entrepreneurs by providing free coursework that will help start your business. They hope to foster success and prevent entrepreneurs from making the basic mistakes that can lead to human suffering and economic losses.
 
Link here – 
Video Lectures – International Entrepreneurship.com
International Entrepreneurship.com is a site dedicated to helping global entrepreneurs, international business students, women’s entrepreneurship, and academic entrepreneurship. They have collected hundreds of video lectures on entrepreneurship that could help give you some background on the topic.
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Interviews and Advice by practicing entrepreneurs

Video Interviews – Forbes
Forbes video have recorded interviews of entrepreneurs and their advisors and collated them all on this one site.
Sort through them to find the one that best matches your interest and will help your start your business.
 
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Video Interviews – WEP program
Wharton Entrepreneurial Programs (WEP) has put together over 50 video interviews with practicing entrepreneurs who are graduates of their program This entrepreneurial department is widely considered one the most influential centers for entrepreneurship in the world.
 
The faculty of over 20 professors and practitioners teach courses for undergraduate and graduate students and guide entrepreneurs starting a business.
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Start your Business – Magazines

Inc.com
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Here is a website for Inc. magazine that provides articles designed to help business owners start, run, and grow their businesses more successfully. Information covers advice on marketing, sales, finding capital and managing people.
 
It also includes the Inc. magazine archives that house an exclusive area dedicated to the Inc. 500 – “The Daily Resource for Entrepreneurs”
Link here –
SmartCompany
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SmartCompany is a completely free news, information and resource site for entrepreneurs, small and medium business owners and business managers. The writers have many years of experience reporting for Australia’s best newspapers and magazines including BRW and The Australian Financial Review.
 
Contributors include Australia’s top entrepreneurs, experts and advisers who guide and help start your business. Published in Australia.
 
Link here –
Anthill
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Anthill was a magizine developed to appeal to highly innovative and ambitious ‘fast’ growth businesses – SMEs with rapid growth potential and larger companies that realise the value of reinvention to stay ahead.
It does not focus on the traditional ‘nuts and bolts’ of business development (although this is a key element of editorial content), but instead it highlights the inspiring thrills, spills, trials and tribulations of business development and rapid commercial growth. Anthill is a fun magazine with serious economic purpose.
 
Link here –
 
                                                                                         

Start your Business – Articles

Global Entrepreneurship Institute
This is a non-profit educational organization with a specific mission to mentor and educate entrepreneurs around the world. Founded in 1998, they describe themselves as the think-tank for global entrepreneurs.
 
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Babson College
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Internationally renown as a leader in entrepreneurial education. Their Insight e-magazine provides leading-edge ideas and commentaries from thought-leaders, top executives and opinion makers with the latest thinking on strategy, tactics and the outlook for the future to help your start youyr business and stay ahead of the competition [1].
 
Link here –  
 
 
SSRN
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of research results with hundreds of journals, publishers, and institutions in Partners in Publishing that provide working papers for distribution through SSRN’s eLibrary. The Electronic Paper Collection currently containing over 175,000 downloadable full text documents in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
 
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Reference for Business
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Reference for Business have an extensive libuary of articles written about business in all its forms. Of particular interest is the 600 articles contained in the Encyclopedia of Small Business that could help start your business.
 
Other collections of interest that could be useful include, the Encyclopedia of Business, the Business Biographies, the Business Plans, the Encyclopedia of Management.
 
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Gaebler Ventures
This firm have gathered together more than 1,000 articles designed to assist entrepreneurs. Gaebler are a US based business incubator organisation that develops and nurtures companies that are shaping the future.
 
Link here –
 
                                                                                   

Government websites Help

United States

US website providing assistance to start your business (Small Business Association)

Canada

Business Startup Assistant (BSA) from the Canadian Government.

Australia

Australian Government website providing help you start your business.

 
                                                                                              

Free Book – Business Planning

Business Planning – Tim Berry
A complete online book by the business planning guru Tim Berry on the same topic. This book focuses on developing the business plan that stands, like a hurdle, between you and to start your business.
 
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I have left it the end because writing a formal business plan can be a counter-productive way to start your business. (see my knol on Business Planning for Entrepreneurs)
 
 
                                                                                                                   

Other – Forums, Journals and Advice

A New York Times article by Barbara Whitaker and titled “Small Business 101: How to get Started” provides over 15 referenced links to sites that she believes will help new ventures get on the right side of the statistic that 50% of start up ventures survive.
 
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs. Calling themselves the “Counselors to America’s Small Business” Their advisors are made up from both working and retired executives plus business owners who donate time and expertise as business counselors. They provide a great source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. SCORE.
 
Forums are a good place to go and read about what other intenders are asking about and in finding answers to their questions you may find some for yourself. I am an active participant at Startupnation but the other forums of Young Entrepreneurs and Evan Carmichael are equally of high standard and well worth visiting.
                                                                                                                                    

Knols and web articles by Peter Baskerville

Here is my current collection of web articles that I wrote to either help you start your business or to help you become more entrepreneurial.

 
They include insights that I have gleened from my 20 years of being an entrepreneur and have been made real during my time of reflection as an entrepreneurial coach and mentor to the next generation of entrepreneurs.
 
As I add new on-line articles in this ‘Start your Business’ area or find other good sites that can help start your business, I will post them here. So it may be best to bookmark this page if you want to keep an up-to-date access to this growing resource.
 
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