Entrepreneurial Self-Assessments

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Starting a Business: How to Become an Entrepreneur

Starting a business can be extremely exciting, challenging and fulfilling. The Web sites below will help you weigh the sense of ownership and accomplishment associated with entrepreneurship against the long hours and potential stress. These resources will also help you start your business and provide the necessary information to keep it running smoothly. Finally, this guide can connect you with the entrepreneurial community.

Entrepreneurial Self-Assessments

Have you ever had a great idea for a business, but weren’t sure if you should or could take the steps to implement it?  The first part of this section can help you decide whether you’ve got what it takes to start your own business, while the second part can aid you in choosing what kind of business to start.

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  • Certainly, online self-assessments are not foolproof. After all, there are many varieties of entrepreneurial personalities out there. If the sites indicate that you’re not the entrepreneur type, don’t give up. Use the sites as guides, not mandates.
  • Maybe your business idea is on a particularly small scale: you’re interested in becoming a freelancer. The findingDulcinea Freelance Web Guide can help you find work, file taxes or manage your clients.

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Starting the Business

Now that you’ve decided entrepreneurship is for you, it’s time to start your own business. The sites in this section will hopefully make that monumental task slightly less daunting, and explain how to get started, as well as how to manage your business’ finances and legal affairs.

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  • One way to start a business with a bit less risk (albeit with more restrictions) is to open a store that’s part of a franchise. If you have a particular franchise in mind, check the company Web site to get more information about opening a store of your own.
  • The sites listed below serve entrepreneurs in general so they may not have information specific to your industry. Try searching online for resources specific to your industry of choice. Online trade publications or niche communities can provide some great advice (and potential contacts or a customer base) for your new business.
  • Online banking is an easy (and convenient) way to keep track of your business expenses. The site Wesabe.com allows you to track your spending across all of your online accounts; you’ll also find spending, saving and goal-attaining advice from other Wesabe community members.

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Connecting With the Entrepreneur Community

You’re certainly not alone in your business endeavors. There’s a large community of entrepreneurs out there, and if you network with them, they may be able to help you develop your business. Use these great Web resources to find other entrepreneurs and make useful contacts for advice, for partnership or just for camaraderie.

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  • Many online communities of entrepreneurs include businesspeople from all sorts of industries; even if you’re not selling the same item or dealing with the same clientele, you’ll still be able to get valuable advice from other new business owners.

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