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Home Business

Use these official links and resources to learn how to start a home business — one possible way to start on your path to independence and financial security. Don’t forget you can receive free or low-cost training and free professional business advice, from your local Small Business Development Center!

Get started with Your Free Business Plan from our Business Plans page.

Getting Started with a Home Business

  • Home Business Expert – Recent articles on small business disciplines by Jim Blasingame, SBA’s 2002 Small Business Journalist of the Year, plus expert contributions who make up the “Brain Trust.”
  • SOHO America – “Small Office Home Office” provides Marketing, Finance, Legal, Start-up and Technology with articles written by consultants, authors, and business wire stories and supplemented by related web sites.
  • Franchises – the top 500, fastest growing, low cost, and top 10 home business ideas from the creators of Entrepreneur.com.
  • Business Toolbox – includes targeted articles on insurance, crisis management, taxes, staffing, e-commerce, and marketing from the National Federation for Independent Business.
  • Working Solo – FAQ checklist on starting a solo business; links on office design, marketing, computers, PR, finance and taxes.
  • Home Based Business … Is it For Me? – Learn about several factors to consider when starting a home business.
  • Starting a Business in Your Home: Weighing the Pros and Cons – Consider these factors before you begin a home business.
  • How to Set Up a Home Based Business – Checklist of things to do when starting a home based business.
  • Zoning Laws for Home Based Businesses – Learn how your local government’s zoning ordinances may affect your home-based business.

Sample Business Plan for Home Business

Help for Women Starting a Home-based Business

  • Working Moms – Support for the HBWM or home-based working mom with an association, online community connection, bookstore and opportunities.
  • Working Moms Refuge – Offers tips on how to juggle both lives and career; tips and other resources

Tax Information on Home-based Businesses

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