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Come on John, if you were about to go out on your own, would you rely on sources you quote in your story and wade deeply through mire of that bureaucratic gobbledygook to get to occassional gem? How about sources like
http://www.workz.com where I am proud to be a columnist in their guest expert section on Small Business Ecommerce at:
How about true home business based sites like
http://www.ahbbo.com (short for "A Home Based Business Online" run by Elena Fawkner).
How about truly valuable stuff for independent professionals at sites like
run by Paul Siegel where valuable community among freelancers helps all become better business owners?
One of your listed sources is http://ecommerce.About.com
Where I used to have a link to my website until they began requirements of new http://lunanetwork.about.com/ which requires that linked sites cross promote About.com and that partners must serve a minimum of 150,000 pageviews a month from their own sites. Now you must be a Goliath to be listed by Goliaths.
The same happened at former small business section of about.com where entire category was dropped and merged with ecommerce section, which then dropped all of Davids from their Goliath-only links list!
Now we see all over web how Goliaths are courting business from Davids as they suddenly realize that we make up almost 50% of US economy. Oh really? What a surprise! Big business falters after absorbing all of each other's money, then begins luring smaller fish when they've eaten all big ones. I did a piece on that as well at:
I have a much better list. Here's a few additional sites for you to review so you can gain a true understanding of what little guy truly needs to survive as a small business.
http://www.ideacafe.com http://www.guru.com http://www.elance.com http://www.allbusiness.com http://www.website101.com I'm not too proud to list my own site.
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