Best tips and sites for employment and entrepreneurship.
Automatically Convert Any Currencies, Any Date
You can view any exchange rates among the 164 currencies for any day since 1 January 1990.
Buy Tickets For Business Travel At BizTravel.com
Biztravel.com is the top business travel site on the Internet. Get lower fares, more frequent flyer miles and more control over your schedule. There's even an online magazine full of business travel articles!
Compare and Cut Your Shipping Costs
Sites such as iShip and SmartShip have online calculators that compare prices for shipping and express-mail services. You type in the zip codes of sending and delivery, plus the weight of the package. The prices for each service are then displayed.
To try SmartShip, click: SmartShip.
Create A Home-Based Business At (Almost) No Cost
Bottom Line/Personal interviewed Kelly Reno, author of 77 No Talent, No Experience, and (almost) No Cost Businesses ou Can Start Today! (Prima Publishing). It's easy to start a business today, using such ideas as:
You can read the article at Boardroom.com, the home site for Bottom Line/Personal. The book is available at Amazon.com for about $10.36.
- Sell items on auction sites like eBay
- Print your own greeting-card designs on your computer
- Run errands and do mass-mailings for other companies
Read the article at: Boardroom.com
Create Your Own Online Store Quickly And Easily
Yahoo! Store is the fastest, easiest way to open an online store. It's won awards such as the PC Magazine Editor's Choice and one of 100 Best Business Sites from PC Computing Magazine. You create your site using nothing more than your browser, and start taking orders in minutes! Your store will be part of Yahoo! Shopping, the Web's biggest shopping site. Yahoo! Store has complete tracking tools, a mailing list manager,
great-looking graphics, and the ability to reserve your own domain name "yoursite.com".
Don't have anything to sell? Three sites will stock your store and pay you a 5% - 25% commision to sell the products:
After you create your online store, head to eBoz, also recommended as one of the 100 Best Business Sites. You'll find a great variety of tools to enhance your website.
Explore A Directory Of Job-Seeking Sites
The Riley Job Site List has acquired a reputation as a great directory for all kinds of job-hunting resources. It will help you get a better job, whether you find it online or in your hometown.
Job Sleuth scours the Internet for you, finding the jobs you want and emailing them to
you. If you're looking for a new job or just keeping an eye out, Job Sleuth is the best way to uncover the career opportunities you deserve! It's a completely free service. You can specify the job location (city and/or state), industry and career-type, and any keyword(s) that should appear in the job listing. Job Sleuth will search all the major job sites on the Internet, and send you email covering the top career prospects!
Click To: Job Sleuth
Explore A Toolkit For Small Business
At the CCH Business Owner's Toolkit, you can find lots of tools for your small business. You can get Business/credit reports from Dun & Bradstreet, trademark and patent searches, and a wide range of information on your industry, competitors and market. Download step-by-step checklists, model business plans, forms, and other business documents. There's even access to free e-mail counseling!
Explore Your Legal Options At Lawyers.com
At Lawyers.com, you can search for a lawyer by their locations, legal areas of expertise, and even language(s) spoken. You can also use this site to learn about the law and your legal options. You can pose legal questions to the legal experts who maintain this site, talk with other visitors on their bulletin board, and read the latest legal news. Their services include Arbitration/Mediation, Legal Aid Programs,
Self Help Legal Publications and "Law Links" to other legal sites.
Find And Map Any Business
At American Directory Assistance, you can get the address and phone number for almost every business in the country -- plus a map showing the exact location!
Find U.S. Marketing Data For Any Area
You can research anything from crime stats to real estate values, for 255 metropolitan areas in the U.S.
Find Your Best Career Option With This Career Quiz
The AOL Workplace Careers Decision Guide gives you two ways to find the best career to fit your personality. Step through their question-and-answer guide, and you'll get a list of ideal careers. Or use their direct comparison guide to research specific careers and compare your career options side-by-side.
Get A Business Loan At Cashfinder
This free service will help you analyze which of the 15 loan institutions will consider your company for funding, based on an online form you fill out at this site. Answer a few questions about your business and financing needs and they will build you a customized business financing software application at no charge.
Get A Free Office/School Kit At AtYourOffice.com
AtYourOffice.com is offering a free "Back-to-School/Work Survival Kit" worth $14.98, for only a $3.50 shipping fee. This kit contains a Uniball Grip rollerball pen, a Pentel mechanical pencil, an assortment pack of Hammermill paper, a colorful plastic project folder from C-Line, an expandable file wallet from Smead, a Fiskars pencil sharpener, a Manco correction tape dispenser, a Bostitch mini-stapler with extra staples and a Sanford Tri-grip retractable ballpoint
pen. If you buy more than $25 worth of products, there's no shipping charge. A limited time offer, one gift per customer.
Get Business/Career Free Stuff At FreeShop
At FreeShop's Business & Career freebies page, you can jump-start your career with trial magazines, free catalogs, free information and more! You'll see offers for continuing education, financial advice kits, even a business web site free for 30 days.
Get Free Career Pamphlets From Uncle Sam
The Consumer Information Catalog has the full online text versions of federal consumer publications covering the world of careers. There are booklets about jobs, your employee rights, and starting a business. You can view them for free online, or purchase printed copies that they will mail to you (some of which are free.)
Get Free Small Business Pamphlets From Uncle Sam
The Consumer Information Catalog has the full online text versions of federal consumer publications covering the world of small business. Find out how to start a business, and how to stay on government's good side after it's up and running. You can view them for free online, or purchase printed copies that they will mail to you (some of which are free.)
Get Free StockVue/BusinessVue Investor's Programs
StockVue is a free award-wining stock tracking program for Windows computers. StockVue 99 includes many new features, including all of the benefits of the BusinessVue program. Some of its great features are:
This free program won a 5-star rating from ZDNet!
- Quotes and charts from Quote.com
- Stock statistics and business summaries from Market Guide
- Mobile Device Support: PDAs (both handheld PCs and Palm-size PCs) are supported.
- Receive alerts via email, fax or pager when a stock changes price or is in the
- Display a performance chart for any investment.
- Visit your favorite online trading site without leaving StockVue.
- Export data into Word, Excel, Quicken (including 99), email and other text documents
- Maintain a historical "calendar," where you can easily identify stock milestones, including news, filings and 52-week highs and lows.
- Swiftly calculate your profit and loss
Get SBA Help For Your Small Business
The Small Business Administration (SBA) can help you with its sections on Starting Your Business, Disaster Assistance, Financing, Expansion, Pro-Net (government contracting), Regulatory Fairness, Ace-Net (venture capital), SBA Outreach for minorities, and A Shareware Library of Programs to Run a Business. To get answers to all your questions about relations between business and government, visit the U.S. Business Advisor site, a "one-stop link to government for business."
Another good guv/biz site: U.S. Business Advisor
Get Sun MicroSystem's Free StarOffice Office Suite
Sun MicroSystems is giving away a new rival to MicroSoft Office, StarOffice. It's still early, but this new office suite has been receiving some good reviews. It's compatible with Microsoft Office and works with Office applications, which makes it attractive even to current users of Microsoft Office. It's a 62-megabyte download, which will take a few hours. You can also get it on CD-Rom for $9.95 at Sun's site.
StarOffice 5.1 is a fully integrated suite of productivity applications, including Web-enabled word processing, spreadsheet, presentation graphics, email, news, charting, and graphics programs. Users can create files in Microsoft formats or as HTML, to post on the Web or on newsgroup servers.
Here's an interesting review to get you started.
Give Promotional Gifts... And Make Money!
A promotional giveaway is often one of the most cost-effective ways to build customer loyalty. It's a good idea to hold a promotional giveaway periodically, every 1 to 5 years. BunnyGraphics has a great online site with a wide selection of promotional products used for business gifts, awards & incentives, trade show and event giveaways, corporate advertising and gifts, fund raisers, conventions, souvenirs, promotions, reunions, and new business openings.
To see another site dedicated to explaining how promotions work, visit The Promotion Clinic.
Join An Online Business Network
Access Business Online is is a business-to-business website designed to help businesses work together online, through the BizWiz Network of more than 300,000 companies. It is recognized as a valuable resource if you want to make contacts, or are buying or selling a product or service. All industries. All markets. Worldwide.
Learn About All Your Different Loan Options
Consumer Reports magazine has a page that explains everything you need to know about different kinds of loans: each has its own advantages and drawbacks. They'll help you pick the right loan for your needs.
Learn About Bicycle Commuting
Many bicyclists already commute to work by bicycle at least a dozen times a month -- about 2.8 million Americans. The League of American Bicyclists wants you to tell you how to enjoy the freedom and independence of bicycle commuting. Their guide will show you how to get started, with advice about:
- Safely sharing the road with other traffic.
- Developing a good route to work.
- Bike parking and theft prevention.
- Dressing for biking success.
- Outfitting a commuting bicycle.
- Performing routine bike maintenance
Learn About Home/Job Relocation
Thinking about moving? Job-seeking behemoth Monster.com has teamed up with online real estate site HomeFair.com to create a new relocation area. There's some good interactive tools to help you with the process of relocating and/or buying a home, including:
- The Salary Calculator: Find out how much you would need to make in your new city to keep your current lifestyle.
- The Moving Calculator: Get a ballpark estimate of what it will cost to move your household goods.
- Relocation Crime Lab: Compare crime statistics in different cities.
- Free City Reports: See side-by-side comparisons of up-to-date information on demographics, cost of living and more.
- Free School Reports: Obtain information on local school districts and childcare.
Learn About Hot Jobs For The 21st Century
Looking for a new job? Mulling a career change? The ZDNet Anchordesk site has a list of hot careers for the next century, plus a list of job-seeking search engines and sites, and downloadable programs to dress up your resume and search for a new job.
Learn About Inventions And Patents
Do you have a possible invention in mind that you'd like to research? IBM archives 2 million U.S. patents from the past 28 years, and they allow free searching. Even if you don't have an invention, just searching through their database could really open your eyes to new possibilities.
Learn Business Principles Of Famous Entrepreneurs
An article at the Bottom Line Publications site reminds us, "Though times have changed since America's greatest entrepreneurs made their marks, there is much to be learned from their words, wisdom and approaches to business." The article goes on to quote words of wisdom from some of history's most famous entrepreneurs:
- Go beyond what is required of you. Andrew Carnegie of Carnegie Steel
- Don't be afraid to change jobs. J.C. Penney
- Focus on what you do best. P.T. Barnum
- Manage by allowing individual initiative. Alfred P. Sloan, of General Motors
- Climb out of your rut. Henry Ford of Ford Auto
- Focus on being thorough. J. Ogden Armour of the Armour meat-packing giant
Learn How To Be Your Own Lawyer
Nolo Press publishes the legal secrets for taxes, patents and other legal specialties. Their self-help law store helps you find the legal products you need in a flash. All products are backed by their No-Hassle Guarantee. Create a will, make a living trust, jumpstart your small business, register your own patents and trademarks, download legal forms, read electronic legal guides online, and more.
Learn How To Make $$$ In Temp Jobs
The Dollar Stretcher site explains how to make part time work pay off. It says "you can make tons of money working a few hours a week at your convenience" doing delivery work and odd jobs. "My best friend and I each bought our houses with delivery money" adds the author, Cam McIntosh.
You can look for temporary jobs on the internet by using a good search engine such as LookSmart/AltaVista to search for "temporary jobs in [Your City/Suburb Name]".
Learn How To Reduce Stress And Increase Results
The Productivity Institute is in the business of helping people become more productive by reducing stress and managing time better. You can read these helpful articles at their site for free (they hope you'll be sufficiently impressed to attend of their paid seminars.)
- The Time Management Article of the Month. "Time Management Facts and Figures".
- An informative article "Getting out of Balance" that lists the seven
"best" ways you can blow your time on this planet.
- Time Management Tips email newsletter to increase your personal productivity and help you to get more time and balance for your personal life.
- A copy of "50 Specific Tips to Immediately Increase Your Productivity". Email your request for "Tips" to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A "Stress Test" to determine how out-of-balance you are, and whether some adjustments could help you be happier and more productive.
Learn How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business
A whole section of the excellent Nolo.com business law site is devoted to the art of starting up a new business. Two of the best articles are "Starting a Business You Care About" and "Business for Pleasure: Hobby Businesses". The site maintains "if you love doing whatever you're doing, it might make sense for you to stick with your losing business rather than fold it up. That's because an unprofitable business can be a tax shelter."
Wouldn't it be
great if you could convert all of your hobby expenses into tax deductions? You could even employ your children in your business, paying their salary into an account which can be used for college (their salary is a deductible business expense, although the IRS limits the amount.)
You need only show to the IRS that you're trying to turn a profit (but not necessarily succeeding). Fortunately, that's fairly easy to do, as this article explains.
The most important key is to follow IRS rules by showing a profit in three out of the first five years. This can often be done by picking two years to stock up on most of your supplies, which will make it easier to be profitable in the other three years. Local regulations for small businesses can be confusing, but usually don't present any serious legal obstacles.
Learn How To Work The Web At SmartBiz.com
At the Smart Business Supersite, you'll find excellent "how-to" business information.
Learn To Use Monster.com's Career-Success Tools
The Monster.com job site has lots of tools to help you plan a successful career:
- Virtual Interview: Get actual interview questions ranging from puff-ball to killer, to prep yourself for a successful job interview.
- Career Doctor: The Career Doctor will help cure your "I-don't-know-what-to-do-with-my-life" blues.
- Internship Checklist: Find out everything you need to know to succeed as an intern.
- Resume Style Quiz: Learn how to make
a good resume.
- Are You a Team Player?: See how suited you are to being an effective team member.
- Cost of Living Calculator: Find out the cost of living in places you might live.
- School Reports: Find out school quality in any neighborhood.
- City Reports: Find out the quality of any city.
- Community Calculator: Find communities in the USA that will suit your lifestyle.
- Moving Calculator: Calculate the time and cost of moving.
Listen To News/Business RealMedia At Bloomberg.com
The online Bloomberg Media Center plays RealMedia reports for 14.4K and 28.8K modems, both video and audio reports. It's not limited to just Business News: there's also Bloomberg World News and sports news. You need a RealPlayer program to play it, downloadable for free at real.com.
Quote: Best Prize
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. --Theodore Roosevelt --
Read Entrepreneurial Success Stories
The Entrepreneur's Mind is a WebZine that presents real-life stories and advice from successful entrepreneurs.
Read The Complete Entrepreneur's Success Digest
This is a new bi-weekly E-Zine (online magazine) for online and offline entrepreneurs. It gives you the most up-to-date information, products, tools and resources available.
Receive An Internet Marketing Newsletter
"Iconocast" is a free weekly newsletter that chronicles the Internet's impact on traditional marketing. It helps readers understand key business trends on the Web.
Receive Quality Small Business Advice
The "Service Corps of Retired Executives" gives free business counseling and answers to business questions. SCORE program matches any small business that wants help to an experienced and trained volunteer. They will share their expertise with present or future owner/managers of small business. SCORE volunteers keep all counsel confidential.
The Small Business Advisory can also help you with answers to your immediate questions.
Another good site: Small Business Advisory
Save On Office And Business Supplies
PC Computing magazine recommends OfficeMax.com as one of the "100 best deals on the Web." They recommend their "max rebate section to get even more money off their already rock-bottom prices." MaxRebate customers fill out only one form and receive a single rebate check covering all qualified purchases, which is sent directly to you. There are "Express Order Templates" which means that you can fill
out a form once for regularly-ordered products, and never have to do that work again.
Save Time With Telecommuting
You may be able to work at home, or work while traveling. You can find telecommuting job opportunities at this site, in the careers of Artist, Data Entry, Desktop Publisher, Engineer, Photographer, Programmer, Sales, Web Designer, Writer and Other Skills.
An article at the Kiplinger.com personal finance site explains how you can telecommute instead of driving to work once or twice a week. Save time, gas, pollution, and your sanity!
For more telecommuting resources, click: Telecommuting Jobs.