For those of you that are considering becoming an entrepreneur, there are a few things that you need to consider. I know your head is probably already spinning, but you must do your research to succeed. There is an abundance of information available on the web. You could search for days and find things that you are looking for, however, there is still far more out there.
To start your research start by visiting these websites:
SBA ( I go to this site all the time for researching the business. Make sure to order their free book or CD Starting a Business. This site also has great information about creating a business plan and other links to other informative sites.
Score (Retired professionals that provide free counseling. I highly recommend getting in contact with them it really helps and they have offices everywhere). This site also has great links. It is recommended that you have your business plan created when you contact Score for better results.
Google your Secretary of State for great information too. You can also find out if your business name is available and you can register your assumed name there as well.
Use Google Alerts to find out more information about entrepreneurship, starting a business, and your field to find out update information.
Nolo ( I used this site all of the time when I was in school and it seems to have good information for starting a business and so many other personal things as well.)
Now that you have done your research about starting the business, it is time to create your business plan. Your business plan is the most important thing that you will ever do for you business. You can find out more information about creating your business plan on the sites above, but Entrepreneur.com actually gives examples, articles and tips on the subject.
Entrepreneur (great site for researching starting a business, I used this site a lot when I was in school and when I researched this business.) This will probably become one of your favorite sites.
Another resource that may provide some good information is your state Work Force Center (unemployment office).