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
Download the Small Business Administration's helpful
Checklist for Going Into Business.
Visit your local
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
Visit your local chamber of commerce and your city or county planning
Go to the
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
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,
QuickBooks Professional Advisors Referral Database.
Research competitors and use their products.
Research demographics. Start at the
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.