Thursday, March 10, 2005
Ok, so I have a great biz idea...now what?
I must confess that I love to do research. It's a bit bizarre, I know, but once I get curious about something, I can easily spend an afternoon drowning in every imaginable article, link and blog entry I can find on the subject. My interests are vast and varied, so I don't mean to make it sound like I'm spending all of my time on the political implications of World War II on the U.S. economy or the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. My topic of choice could easily be the Lindsay Lohan vs. Hillary Duff turf war or things to make on a Panini Maker (which I highly recommend, by the way). Once I got this snazzy idea in my head about Paper Bride, I became the small business research queen. For myself, one of the greatest resources I found was the "startup" area on Entrepreneur Magazine. There really is a huge amount of insanely helpful info available on their website and in their magazines. I'm still amazed by all of the super duper important decisions I need to make all the time on things like the structure of my business, tax categorization and a whole host of other things that I'm slowly but surely trying to figure out. I also make it a point to visit their daily (mostly) blog.