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    Starting your own Business

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be your own boss? Have you ever thought that perhaps you could do something as well or better than someone else in the same field of business? Do you ever get tired of just doing the same old thing every single day?

    Well, if you answered “yes” to any of the above questions then perhaps you might be interested in starting your own business and not having to answer to anyone else ever again. There are some very interesting statistics available online regarding small businesses.

    In the September 2013 article from Forbes online website, here are some of the stats about the small business landscape:

    1)      The Small Business Administration (SBA) defines a small business as an enterprise having fewer than 500 employees.

    2)      There are almost 28 million small businesses in the US and over 22 million are self-employed with no additional payroll or employees.

    3)      Over 50% of the working population (120 million individuals) works in a small business

    4)      7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least 2 years, half at least 5 years, a third at least 10 years and a quarter stay in business 15 years or more

    5)      52% of all small businesses are home-based

    (Article stats courtesy of online)

    The statistics are very interesting and there is plenty more information online and in book format on what it takes for someone to go about starting their own business. Here at the Daviess County Public Library, we can point you in the right direction to variety of materials on this subject. As far as books, we have at least 24 titles on the subject.

    Some of the titles we have available are as follows:

    1)      What Color is Your Parachute 2013?;

    2)      Starting an online business for dummies;

    3)      Start & run a real home-based business;

    4)      Boomerpreneurs: how baby boomers can start their own business, make money, and enjoy life;

    5)      Start your own business after 50: how to survive, thrive, and earn the income you deserve!;

    6)      Working from home: earn a living where you live;

    7)      Executive in sweatpants: redefining business casual: a handbook for launching your work from home career;

    8)      The 200 best home businesses: easy to start, fun to run, highly profitable;

    9)      Tax savvy for small business; and 10) The Digital Mom handbook: how to blog, vlog, tweet, and facebook your way to a dream career at home.

    Additionally, there are a number of online websites that can be of great help to someone wanting to start their own business. Here are several websites that you can access from the comfort of your own home or at the library through our Internet computers:


    As you can see, there are many ways to begin your search and find out how to go about starting your own business. Although starting a business is not an easy thing to do, it is our hope that by providing you with these resources that you will have a much greater chance of being able to make your dreams come true by being your own boss.

    Good luck in your business endeavors….

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