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Nothing like starting your own business for a sense of freedom, unlimited possibilities -- and a lot of confusion. You may be familiar with a business plan, but how well do you understand federal, state and local taxes, accounting, marketing, product chain, affiliate programs and HR issues? Unless you can give an unqualified yes to all of the above, you're going to need the services of a solid business resource to get through the difficult parts of making your business a success. There are all types of general business resources on the Internet, from giant umbrella sites like Microsoft's BCentral and Yahoo Small Business, to specific business blogs that cover even the tiniest vertical markets with a surprising depth of knowledge. It's up to you to figure out which business resource is best for your business and how to take advantage of it.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|