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
Courses and Lectures
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 –
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.Link here –
Interviews and Advice by practicing entrepreneurs
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.Link here –
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.Link here –
Start your Business – Magazines
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 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 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
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.Link here –
Image source #1 – Babson CollegeInternationally 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 .Link here –
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.Link here –
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.Link here –
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
Link here – Start your Business – USA (SBA)
Link here – Start your Business – Canada
Link here – Start your Business – Australia
Free Book – Business Planning
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.Link here –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.