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Resources for new businesses (New Business Checklist)

Here are some resources to consider, but don't be limited by this list. Use your creativity to come up with new ideas.

  • Talk to other small business owners. They've already been there, so they can help in ways few others can. Many are more than happy to share their experiences and opinions.

  • Talk to friends and acquaintances about their own experiences with similar products or services.

  • Conduct a market survey by creating a short questionnaire and submitting it to potential customers.

  • Go to the library. From books to magazines to demographics information, it's full of useful information.

  • Attend trade shows and read trade journals.

  • Go online and use a Web search engine such as Google or Yahoo! to search for information.

  • Download the Small Business Administration's helpful Go online Checklist for Going Into Business.

  • Visit your local Go online SCORE office. The Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) offers some services free of charge. Like other small business owners, SCORE executives have already been out there in the field so they can offer important insight.

  • Visit your local chamber of commerce and your city or county planning commission.

  • Go to the Go online U.S. Business Advisor Web site. This government site provides access to a large amount of information and data produced and collected by a wide array of government agencies, including the Small Business Administration (SBA).

  • My Own Business offers a Go online free online course on starting a business.

  • If you've hired an accountant and/or an attorney, ask them for advice. They have invaluable insight into the process of starting up a business. To find an accounting professional in your area who specializes in QuickBooks, search the Go online QuickBooks Professional Advisors Referral Database.

  • Research competitors and use their products.

  • Research demographics. Start at the Go online U.S. Census Bureau.

  • If you're a woman or a minority, there are women's and minority organizations that have been established to help people such as yourself successfully go into business. These organizations can help with things such as finding vendors, employees, and funding.

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