SB Options

Additional Small Business Options

FRANCHISES/DIRECT SALES/CONTRACT WORK   |  HOME-BASED BUSINESS

Many entrepreneurs are buying a franchise, selling through home parties, finding work as contractors, freelancers, consultants, or starting a home-based business.

Franchises/Sales/Contract Work

Print Resources

Become a Franchise Owner: The Start-Up Guide to Lowering Risk, Making Money, and Owning What You Do, Joel Libava, 2012.  
Libava helps you make a decision on whether or not to buy a franchise.Ramsey, Dan.

The Everything Start Your Own Consulting Business Book: Expert, Step-by-Step Advice for a Successful and Profitable Career, Dan Ramsey. 2009.  
Organize your business and learn how to price your services.

The Freelancer’s Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Have the Career of Your Dreams on Your Terms, Sara Horowitz, 2012.  
The author describes how to survive as an independent contractor

How to Make It Big as a Consultant, William Cohen, 2009.  
Detailed instructions are given on getting a business up and running.
 

Online Resources: Websites for Franchises/Direct Sales/Contract Work

Franchises

Etsy
Sell your handmade items online in your own virtual store.

Entrepreneur Magazine on Franchising
Gain expert advice on buying a franchise.

Franchise Solutions
This site includes a directory of hundreds of franchises for sale.

Franchising.com
This is a comprehensive resource on franchising.

International Franchise Association
Learn the basics of owning a franchise.
 

Sales

Direct Selling Association
Dozens of examples of direct selling companies are given.

Directing Selling 411
Learn how direct selling works.

Home Party Plan Network
This site is geared to stay-at-home and work-at-home moms.
 

Contractors

Elance
Elane helps companies with projects match skills with independent contractors.

Odesk
Companies can find contractors by viewing their online portfolios

Sologig
Search job listings for contract work.
 

Franchises

Franchise Solutions
Directory of hundreds of franchises for sales and opportunities.

Franchising
Comprehensive source on franchising.

International Franchise Association
Learn the basics of owning a franchise.

Direct Sales

Direct Selling Association
Lists dozens of examples of direct selling companies to choose from.

Direct Selling 411
Explains how direct selling works.

Contract Work

Elance 
Helps companies with projects match skills with independent contractors.

Odesk 
Companies find contractors by viewing their portfolios.

Sologig 
Search job listings for contract work 


Home-Based Businesses

Print Resources

Home-Based Business for Dummies, Edwards, Edwards, Economy. 2010.  
Find useful advice on all aspects of operating your home business.

How to Start a Home-Based Business, Holtje & Shelly. 2010.  
Learn to run a business from home and be competitive.

How to Start a Home-Based Day-Care Business, Shari Steelsmith, 2011
Everything you need to know to run a profitable and satisfying day-care business from your home.

How to Start a Home-Based DJ, JoeShambro, 2012
Everything you need to know to run a profitable and satisfying DJ business from your home.

Making Money From Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business, Donna Partow, 2010.
Aimed at women, this guide shows how to start and maintain a business.

Running a Side Business: How to Create a Second Income, Stim & Guerin. 2009. 
Stim and Guerin share helpful hints on finding a second income by starting a side business.

Working From Home: Earn a Living Where You Live, Jane Jerrard, 2013.  
Get realistic advice on running a home-based business.
 

Online Resources

Entrepreneur Magazine
Find articles on pertinent issues in owning a home-based business.

Inc. Magazine
Get great advice from experts on starting and running a home-based business.

SBA.gov
This site offers instructions on opening your business from home.
 

Resources

Research which job is best for you.

Get help with your job/career search:

   • Networking 
   • Starting your own business
   • Improve your skills with:
      • Better job search techniques
      • Submitting online application
      • Better resumes / interviews