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Articles, Checklists & Resources to Help You in Your Success

To get you up and running with your new business, SUCCESS brings you tips, strategies, inspiration and insights in this new Entrepreneurial Toolkit. You'll read why now is the right time to start a business and the personal benefits of entrepreneurship. The toolkit is an ongoing component of SUCCESS.com, offering an array of articles with time-tested principles as well as new features posted throughout the month.

Looking for some help or inspiration? Check out the SUCCESS Start Small Win Big entrepreneur challenge!

Inspiration

Inspirational Articles

Why You Should Start Your Own Business Today

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Six reasons to become an entrepreneur

John was 53 when the bad news hit: His department was being moved offshore. Since joining the company eight years earlier, he had worked his way up to a solid position in middle management with a decent salary and great benefits. Now, he was out of a job.

Having spent his entire adult life in corporate positions, he knew he could go job hunting. But this was the fifth time he’d had a “secure” position shot out from under him, whether through downsizing, restructuring or other reorganization. With a wife and two teenagers to clothe and feed, he was no longer willing to trust his future to this game of corporate roulette. It was time to go into business for himself.

Quiz: Do You Have the Entrepreneurial Mindset?A self-assessment tool for you
Stedman Graham: 5 Tips for TransformationThe journey to entrepreneur has an impact on entire communities.
Brian Tracy: It's Easier Than EverThese three key components can help you become an entrepreneurial success story
How to Start a Business While Maintaining Your Life18 questions to prepare you for the entrepreneurial journey
Entrepreneurs, Start Your EnginesThe greatest economic expansion in the history of the world is about to begin!
Darren Hardy: Goal-Setting Doesn't Work(And Santa Claus doesn't really exist either)
Entrepreneurs are in the Driver's SeatWhy now is the best time for creating your most successful future
The Road to Your FutureTake control. Start your own business... now.

Resources

Resources Articles

Essential Tax Web Sites

BusinessFinance

Taxes are one of the most important issues facing small and growing businesses.

IRS.gov— There's a section for businesses getting off the ground that includes a handing checklist and advice on choosing business structure. It's particularly helpful on important topics such as employee taxes and business tax deductions. In addition, it has a list of small business resources with links to other government resources for small businesses.

Checklist: Get Your Small Business StartedQuestions to ask yourself and answers from SUCCESS.com resources.
13 Key Habits to Help You "Seize the Day"Personal development statesman, Paul J. Meyer, shares his "baker's dozen" on how to get the most out of life.
Web Extra: Win-Worthy Web ToolsCheck out these tested tech tools for greater productivity.
Pop Quiz: How Healthy is Your Business?Take this online questionnaire and get your business diagnosed. Stat!
Essential Sites for Small BusinessesSmall Business Adminstration resources and more
25 Books for SuccessRead these, achieve more.
This Month's Free DownloadDarren Hardy's VIP Profile Worksheet

How To Guide

How To Guide Subjects

Exhibiting at a Trade Show?

BusinessNetworking

How to maximize returns from your investment

You’re heading to your first trade show and just know you’ll make a killing from your exhibit in that one weekend. Why not? You’ve got a great attitude, you’re marketing the best product in your industry, and you’re the master of your 10-by-10-foot exhibit-floor realm.

How To: Brand Yourself Increase results and become kind of a big deal by building your personal brand.
Guy Kawasaki: How to Gain Followers on Google+In this excerpt from Guy Kawasaki's new book, the original Apple evangelist shares his insider tips.
How To: Maximize MeetingsHow to Banish Boring and Up Productivity
Reinventing a BusinessDoes your business need a new lease on life?
Bob Burg: Tips on Dealing with Difficult PeopleAct your way into really, really liking them
Debating Daily Deals for Your Small Business?With preparation and knowledge, how discount sites can make your business boom.
More 1-on-1: Kevin Harrington on Top 10 Qualities of a Hot SellerShark Tank entrepreneur shares his secrets
How To: Motivate Your Sales StaffGet creative with contests, commissions and bonuses to inspire your team.

Types of Business to Consider

Types of Business to Consider

Business to Consider: Consulting

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Consultants coach clients in everything from management and human resources to image, media and the best ways to implement computers/technology. Not only do consultants possess expertise in specific areas, they also must be able to impart knowledge and generate value for their clients.

Business to Consider: Direct Selling/Network Marketing
Business to Consider: Franchise Opportunities
Business to Consider: Microbusiness
Business to Consider: Online Opportunities
Business to Consider: Real Estate Investing
Business to Consider: Service Startups