You and I and everyone can definitely use direction, more knowledge, improved methods and greater efficiencies when considering a move into our own business.

I’ve tried to group sources you can use by category, but some suggestions may overlap and apply to more than one heading.

Take your time and study everything that interests you.

Many of these sources will greatly improve your scope and education and cost you nothing, while others may charge a very reasonable amount to make you succeed faster and easier.

Sources For All Businesses is the website of the Small Business Administration. Here you will find too many programs and services to mention. is an arm of the Small Business Administration called the Senior Corps Of Retired Executives that freely give their time, expertise and energies to assist you. publishes a magazine called Entrepreneur that covers all aspects and ins and outs of small business. You will find many examples and situations you can learn from. All types of small businesses are covered including home, brick and mortar and almost all franchises. An annual subscription is less than $15 and is well worth it. is an excellent and complete guide to franchising. It’s easy reading and all is simply explained.

Note: Two Outstanding Books - Very Reasonable!

Two books you should get after you’ve decided to make the move into your own business are at They are:

  1. ”Start Run & Grow a Successful Small Business” by Susan M. Jacksack. THIS IS A STEAL AT APPROXIMATELY $20! Buy New or Used!
  2. ”Start Your Own Business” by The Staff of Entrepreneur Media New or Used for about $20.
  3. ”Start Your Own Business” by Rieva Lesonsky at about $6 to $8 should also be good.

Shipping is Free with an order over $25.00 total. Again, when you get to the Amazon site, plug in “books” and the author’s name to bring them up.

Buying and Selling on eBay

Many, many people are buying items at garage and estate sales, from manufacturers’ surplus sales, classifieds and several other sources and selling them on eBay.

If you’re knowledgeable about specific items or articles that may be popular or are in demand, this may be for you.

Some good sources of information are The Silent Sales Machine that is an E-Book that I hear is excellent.

If you want to investigate eBay further, The Internet Marketing Center puts out a very extensive program called The Insider Secrets to Selling on eBay. You can get the complete 5-step program plus additional features, techniques and bonuses on a 30-day trial for only $2.95.

I purchased their Insider Secrets To Marketing Your Business On The Internet. They have excellent products.

Your Own Website

If you want your own website, you may be able to buy the one you want completely built, operating and successful at a fair price. You also maybe able to buy a great website cheap because the owner doesn’t know what he’s doing or just wants out. You may want to sell yours and buy one more to your liking, or you may just want something else. A great place to visit is the Buy or Sell a Website location.

Site Build It (SBI) charges you about $299 per year for each website you build using their program, and they are extremely helpful, especially when it comes to helping you generate traffic for your website. Also many tools you need are all included in the price and the forums and instruction books and videos are excellent. If you want to do your own thing, you should definitely look at this SBI system. It is very reasonable for what you get. Even though you pay them a monthly or annual fee per site, you own the site and they pay for domain registration, hosting and traffic generating (very good).

XsitePro is reasonable and easier to use than most from what I hear. The thing I like about XsitePro is you purchase it and own it for about $200 and can build as many sites as you want. However, you may have to pay for some needed tools that are not included. It all depends what you need with your website to do the job. You have to pay for the domain, hosting, autoresponding and traffic-generating tools as extras.

Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate Marketing is a popular way for new people to get started on the web. Many are told it’s the way to quick riches. When you are an affiliate for someone, it means that they are permitting you to sell their product for an agreed percentage of the price or an agreed fixed amount.

They say all you have to do is go to an affiliate marketplace, pick out a bunch of products in a certain category, put them on a website and sit back and watch the dollars roll in. What they don’t tell you is that you have to generate traffic for your site and that can get very expensive. Making your site stand out requires several methods and tools to make your site popular. This is a specialized field of study all by itself.

An excellent book, if you are thinking of becoming an affiliate, is by Rosalind Gardner called The Super Affiliate Handbook. I have it, I’ve read it, and I highly recommend it.

I sincerely hope you found something of interest on this page. If you have questions on the above or have other interests, please use the "Contact Me" page and I'll try to help.

Bill Hackenberger


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