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Worthwhile Web Sites For Entrepreneurs

The Wall Street Journal recently compiled a list of the most useful Web sites for business owners. Whether looking for legal advice or finding financing, the following Web sites specialize in the business matters that matter to entrepreneurs.

Franchising Favorites

  • franchise.org – This Web site for the International Franchise Association (IFA) offers a wealth of free features, including a search engine for finding more than 1,100 franchise opportunities, forums for prospective franchisees to network and talk with an industry expect, and a course on franchise basics. Also, online courses and a certification program for executives are available for a fee.
  • sba.net – This online seminar from the Small Business Association highlights franchising basics, legal responsibilities, financing facts and more for entrepreneurs considering franchise ownership.

Legal Advice Links

  • techagreements.com – Provides a low-cost look at high-priced lawyering. Features real agreements from more than 500,000 transactions to show how other businesses handled similar situations. Free previews are offered, but downloading a document costs $35.
  • nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/business-llcs-corporations – Makes the law more accessible and provides a special small business section that includes a free library of terms, regular updates and a blog. Offers do-it-yourself legal services for a fee, and also sells books and software.

Finding Financing Sites

  • chubbybrain.com – Helps find potential investors with a search engine that examines the funding history of private investors who have backed U.S.-based businesses and suggests those best suited to your company. The free services lists up to 20 candidates and also offers guides about conducting due diligence with potential investors, venture capital and other related topics.
  • sec.gov/info/smallbus/qasbsec.htm – This informative resource from the Securities and Exchange Commission highlights laws that can apply to raising capital. Also provides an overview of some state regulations, information regarding registration requirements for public offerings, and possible exemptions from those laws.

 

Managing Technology Picks

  • postling.com – Enables publishing on multiple networking sites through one main location. Allows posts to be written in advance with scheduled times for publication and features a daily digest that shows account activity from multiple sites. A basic account is free but a premium account that helps monitor business is $49 per month.
  • indinero.com – Allows entrepreneurs to manage company finances in real time. Features updated account information on a virtual dashboard for constant monitoring and can generate more detailed data regarding business spending. The free version can track up to 50 transaction each month, with more advanced plans available from $29.99 to $99 monthly.

With so many questions surrounding all aspects of business, these Web sites can help entrepreneurs find many of the answers and start getting down to business.

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