For those who are on the fence about either dwelling in some faceless company’s depressing cubicle or hitting the eject button in favor of starting a small business, several online resources can help with that decision.
If you are reading this article, you already know you have an interest in small business, even if you have not started one already. As the broader economy suffers from a variety of ills, successful small businesses will fill the niches people need during the crisis, and beyond.
Joining that list means learning what will be needed beyond a great idea. The Small Business Administration offers a nice starting point, including its assessment test for people to determine if they are really ready for entrepreneurship.
Knowing the impact of another federal agency will be critically important too. The Internal Revenue Service offers a small business and self-employed resource to help people make sure Uncle Sam receives his fair share.
As to the business at hand, the New York Times recommended some reading resources that will aid the decision process. Over at Small Business Trends, Anita Campbell blogs about entrepreneurship, marketing, and other small business topics.
Franchise Pundit is no fan of sandwich maker Quiznos, but has plenty to say about other franchise businesses. So does the Wall Street Journal Small Business page, which looks at franchise performance among its many covered topics. The Journal advises one to focus on the "tried and true" names if stepping into franchising, for example.
People like Escape From Cubicle Nation blogger Pamela Slim eagerly and thoughtfully discuss their move to the world of small business. Their postings may contain the nugget of advice someone needs to flip the switch on their careers.
Spend time reading the available resources and opinions, but beware of engaging in too much reading and too little doing. Hard work and effort need their time in focus too.