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Since you have Internet access, why not take advantage of SBA's wealth of online information? The main site is located at http://www.sba.gov
While you're there, sign up for one of SBA newsletters at http://web.sba.gov/list/
Then, go to http://www.sba.gov/starting/indexsteps.html The series of pages starting here will take you step-by-step through process of starting your business--from "Your First Steps", through "Do Your Research", through creating business plans and finding counseling.
Finally, visit http://www.sba.gov/classroom/ which features a series of online courses ideal for micro-entrepreneur.
The advice of friends, family, and associates are certainly valuable. But by taking advantage of Small Business Administration's offerings, you can be sure you are getting researched, accurate, timely, and professional advice. The SBA is designed especially for you, so if you want to do as much as possible to ensure success of your venture, don't waste this valuable resource.
Mike Morgan is the editor of The Moonlighting Parent Newsletter, a free biweekly featuring articles of interest to parents who want "just a little" more money each month. Subscribe now at Bison Creek Desktop Publishing < http://bisoncreek.com >