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The Business Owner's List of Important Sites

So, you're contemplating starting a business or in full swing already, and you need sound business advice huh?

Well, you've come to the right place.

Below are several sites geared toward helping entrepreneurs acclimate to business ownership.

Small Business Administration
This is a business owner’s manual. With step-by-by instructions, business owners can delve into their library of best practices, resources and guides to successful business launch and operation.

IRS Small Business & Self-Employed Tax Center
Running a successful business is predicated on your ability to retain earnings, minimizing expenses and lessen your tax burden.

Before you dive deep into financial numbers, learn what you can and cannot write off in terms of business expenses. Learn how to keep accurate records when you purchase goods and services.

More importantly, understand what taxes you're responsible for. Thankfully, the IRS provides answers to these questions and a lot more.

Expanding Business Overseas
The advent of Internet enables business owners to conduct business to individuals in other countries. If you're searching for Russian company registration or curious about expanding overseas, you can do so - from the comfort of your couch.

Perform specific searches on Google and Bing such as “how to start a business” site:.edu, as well, as accessing the local Chamber of Commerce chapter in your area.

The state in which you reside also offers resources. I live in California and the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development offers a litany of resources. To find your state business and economic office type “your state” and “business start up” in the search field of Google, Bing or other major search engine.

Minority Ownership

If you’re a minority (African American, Hispanic or a woman), resources such as the Women Business Owners Network, BlackStartUP and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce provide resources, community chapters, information and individuals to network with.

In 2014, the U.S. Census reported of the 27M businesses in existence, 28% were women-owned, followed by 8.3% Hispanic-owned and 7.1% African-American owned. Seems to me there is room for improvement.

Find the Money

Business ideas come to many of us. And although some are viable, finding the money to seem those ideas come to fruition is slim pickings.

Thankfully, the Internet provides an avenue known as crowdfunding, in which individuals with business ideas and charitable causes, pitch their ideas to investors.

Aside from the traditional business loan, business owners can solicit donations by offering free ebooks on a trade or skill. The skies the limit with the advent of technology.