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Own Your Own Business
Entrepreneurs are people that recognizes opportunities and
organize resources to take advantage of them. Most businesses in
America are small businesses owned by entrepreneurs - local people,
perhaps even someone you know. What does it take to start your own
business? How do you get started? What types of things do you
need to know?
Planning for success is important. To successful in
business, you need more than an good idea and more than a great
product/service. Business owners need to be able to handle all the
details that make a business work - areas like marketing, basic accounting, finance, and
business and contract law.
It's not for everybody, but it can be rewarding and
profitable. Do you have what it takes to become an
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Dictionary. Here are important terms that on should become
familiar with in order to "speak the language" of business owners.
Issues for the Entrepreneurs. Like everyone else in our
society, business people need to know what laws apply to their operations.
Remember, "I didn't know" is not an excuse (22 pages).
Yourself to Become an Entrepreneur. Getting started in
business can seem overwhelming - here's an article that explains some of
the basic skills and knowledge it takes to be successful in business.
Start a Small
Business. This guide outlines the things an entrepreneur
should know BEFORE they get started (26 pages).
Technology Entrepreneur Guidebook. Markets change,
technology markets change quickly. Here is an up-to-date,
comprehensive guide for entrepreneurs in technology fields (89 pages).
Teenpreneaur. A publication for today's teens that features
teen entrepreneurs, celebrity entrepreneurs, information on careers and
colleges, saving and investing for teens, and business ideas and much
more. Published by
is an Entrepreneur? While many believe that people are
"born" with leadership skills, research shows that becoming a successful
entrepreneur is something that we can learn - here's a good place to get
What Makes a Good Entrepreneur? This article presents an
in-depth analysis of entrepreneurship and the different ways to be
successful in business (17 pages).
Am I an
Entrepreneur? (pdf) Let's look at some of the attributes and
characteristics of successful entrepreneurs. Are YOU one?
Employment and Entrepreneurship opportunities for Youth (pdf).
Developed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD),
this manual outlines how to create a network resource center for youth (22
Business Start-Up Quiz. Are you ready for self-employment?
Take the Youth Employment Services interactive entrepreneurship quiz to
find out! Answer the questions honestly, then click How'd I Do? to find
out whether you're ready to become an entrepreneur.
Do I have the profile of an entrepreneur? Many entrepreneurs
share common characteristics. Try this self-assessment and the "Rate
your business potential with PROFIT's National Entrepreneurship Test"
located in the "related links" side bar to the left.
Do You Have What
it Takes? (pdf). Entrepreneurship Institute, a non-profit
organization dedicated to assisting and encouraging entrepreneurship, has
developed this questionnaire to help you determine whether you have the
qualifications to succeed in your own business.
Do You Have What It Takes to be an Entrepreneur? Answer
these 21 questions and find out.
Entrepreneurial Self-Assessment. Here is a tool to help
better measure your entrepreneurial potential. This questionnaire includes
50 statements, and will take about 15 minutes to complete.
Entrepreneurship Self Assessment. Complete the online survey
for yourself first - then compare your responses with those of actual
business people. After each one click on the box to find out what
the entrepreneurs said and why!
Entrepreneurial Self Assessment Survey (pdf). This survey is
for your personal information. Please answer each of the following
questions as honestly as possible.
Entrepreneur Self-Test (pdf). This short assessment was
designed to help an individual identify and understand his/her
Entrepreneur Tests. This site has some short online
"quizzes" to help look at different aspects of becoming an entrepreneur.
Does It Take? (pdf) This short test was developed by the
U.S. Small Business Administration after conducting a survey of 100
successful business owners. You can use this test to identify your
strengths and find areas where you can learn more.
American Express Small Business Plan Resources
Business Plans and Marketing Plans
Guide (pdf). This worksheet walks you though the process of
creating a business plan. It also refers to some helpful Websites to
find out more information to help organize all the information you will
Business Plan Guides & Templates
Business Plan Guides from The Entrepreneur's Guidebook Series
Business Plan Outline (about.com)
Plan Outline (pdf). This outline briefly describes each
section of the business plan and lists several questions to answer under
Business Plan Start Up Guide (pdf). Before beginning your
business plan, make sure you can answer the following questions. You
should be able to support your answers with specific data and verifiable
facts. Once you have done your research, and answered the questions below,
organize your data into a formal business plan format, similar to the one
Business Plan Writing
Creating Your Business Plan Samples and Templates
Developing a Business Plan
Elements Of A Business Plan
Business Plan Outline
How to Write a Business Plan (Microsoft)
Write a Business Plan (pdf). This is a comprehensive guide
to writing a business plan that covers virtually every aspect of operating
a successful small enterprise (37 pages).
Keys to a
Successful Business Plan (pdf). Here is an excellent
resource to help get started organizing and "thinking through" a workable
Preparing a Business Plan (pdf). A business plan is a formal
document which explains in detail your strategy for developing a
financially successful business. Writing a good business plan is a must if
you expect to receive financing.
Small Business Plan Guide
Small Business Plan Mistakes: Errors in the Business Plan That Cause
it to be Rejected
Business Administration: Business Plan (pdf). From the
SBA, this is a comprehensive guide to use as a "template" to complete a
professional, workable business plan (35 pages).
Using a Business Plan
Management & Advice Small Business Resources
Owners Idea Cafe, Small Business Ideas, Information, Networking
Business Owner's Toolkit
Entrepreneur Web Guide
Entreprenuership Resources: Business Plan
Federal Citizen Information Center: Small Business
Free Resources: Entrepreneurs & Small Businesses
How To Start a Small Business
Learn How to Start a Business
Resources: Tools, Tips, Dollars and Sense
Business and Intellectual Property
Small Business and Self-Employed One-Stop Resource
Small Business Articles from the Microsoft Small Business Center
Business Development Center, Madison, Wisconsin
Small Business/Entrepreneurship Resources
Small Business Guides
Business Internet Tutorials for Ecommerce Entrepreneurs
Business Marketing Ideas, Marketing Plans and Best Practices
Business Marketing Plans and Strategies
Small Business Resources (AllBusiness)
Small Business Resources (Google Directory)
Business Resources (morebusiness.com)
Services, Internet Access and More
Small Business Web Sites & Small Business Resources Directory
Starting a Business: Resource Center
Small Business Administration: Hotlist Links Directory
U.S. Small Business Administration Online
Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans
Artists as Entrepreneurs: Are You Listening? (pdf) Here's a
quick lesson in non-verbal communication. This is an important
skills for entrepreneurs.
Business & Computer Lessons
Business English Lesson Plans for ESP and Vocational English
Career, Business Lesson Plans
e-Business Plan Tutorial Assignments
Education World Lesson Planning: Entrepreneurs
Education World Lesson Planning: Start Your Own Business
(pdf). This lesson identifies famous entrepreneurs and then
looks at some of the characteristics that helped make them successful.
Hometown Heros (pdf).
This lesson is designed to introduce students to the people that make a
difference in their communities - entrepreneurs.
Start a Business (pdf). There is a process to follow and
extensive resources are available to assist you. Patience and perseverance
are required, but if you take it one step at a time, you'll be surprised
at how quickly your new business concept can become a reality.
Great Ideas for Teaching Marketing
Marketing Lesson Plan
What it Takes to be an Entrepreneur (pdf).
There are many ways to look at leadership roles. This lesson
investigates how different types of leadership helps entrepreneurs become