|Self-employment was considered in the past as one secondary means of bringing a person into the mainstream of society as a productive and contributing individual. Growth in self-employment over the last two decades in most western economies has changed this perception. Self-employment is now considered as a full and viable alternative to traditional wage and salary employment. Self-employment is used to reduce unemployment and foster entrepreneurship. This page provides a guide to the best sites on self-employment and the self-employed.|
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FirstGov for the Self-Employed|
FirstGov is the U.S. Government's official web portal. The section FirstGov for the Self-Employed is structured like a table of contents listing the various subjects and/or issues related to self-employment. Excellent site, easy to navigate. Do not miss the section on franchising
Office Depot Small Business Handbook
From one of the largest retailer of office products in the world comes this surprising and extremely well made Small Business Handbook which covers all aspects of a small business operation. Although the main target group is the small business owner it can be extremely useful for the self-employed particularly the sections on starting, planning and getting financing for your business. Do not miss the section "Do you have what it takes".
International Conference on Self-Employment
This OECD conference, which took place in 1998, is to my knowledge the first international conference on self-employment. The site presents all the papers delivered at the conference. This includes international perspectives on self-employment trends, country studies, the relationship between the taxation system and self-employment, gender and self-employment, self-employment assistance programs, etc. Very interesting site despite its age. The sections on gender and self-employment and on the role of self-employment for job creation are particularly interesting.
Info-Guide - Assistance for Self-Employment
This Canadian guide is designed to inform current or future self-employed workers of the rights, privileges and obligations associated with their status as well as certain resources that they can turn to for assistance. Excellent and very comprehensive guide which covers all aspects of self-employment and acts as a gateway to other internet resources. Certain areas (taxation, government support) are useful mostly for Canadians but there is a lot of information of a general nature.
Agence Pour la Création d'Entreprises (APCE)
As part of the french government national policy for enterprise creation, the Agence Pour la Création d'Entreprises (APCE)'s mandate is to ensure entrepreneurship development through the promotion of new enterprises. Excellent site for those interested in enterprise creation. Do not miss the Toolbox which unfortunately is not directly available from the main entry page.
The purpose of Workinfonet is to ensure that all Canadians can obtain enough information when conducting a search for wage and salary employment or self-employment. Their site includes a self-employment section which leads to 106 relevant websites. Despite the facts that the target group is Canadians and the main focus wage and salary employment this is a very good site for anyone interested in self-employment. Do not miss self assesment in the career planning section and business tools and supports in the employment section.
The Wall Street Journal Small Business
The Wall Street Journal's small business team breaks news and delivers features on entrepreneurs, start-ups and existing small businesses. The site is divided into five main sections: Financing and investing, Building your business, Small business technology, Franchising, and Tools annd how to guides. Very good site. Do not miss the Small Business How To guide which has a section on Starting a business.
Home Business Magazine Online
Home Business Magazine Online is a site for home-based entrepreneurs and business owners; people who work from home; and telecommuters. It provides content to help start-up and succeed in a home-based business.This online complement to the bimonthly newstand magazine Home Business presents a combination of short articles, book excerpts, interviews, success stories, advertisements, etc. on a variety of topics related to Home Business. Very good and interesting site.
Revised every two years, the Occupational Outlook Handbook ((OOH) describes what workers do on the job, working conditions, the training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects for over 250 different occupations covering 9 out of 10 jobs in the economy. Very interesting site which shoulld be very useful for anyone looking at self-employment opportunities. Do not miss the winter 2011-2012 Occupational Outlook Quaterly which can be downloaded.
"Considering self-employment: What to think about before starting a business" is a 9 pages article from Occupational Outlook Quaterly (1999) which presents a general overview of the various steps to be taken in order to achieve self-employment. The table showing the repartition of self employed workers by occupation as well as the forecasted trend for 2006 is quite interesting. To obtain a more updated perspective visit the Occupational Outlook site (see above) and read the «Getting Started» article in the Winter 2011-1012 Occupational Outlook Quaterly.
Self-Employment for People with Disabilities
The Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities of the University of Montana works closely with Vocational Rehabilitation agencies to show that self-employment can be a viable employment option for people with disabilities. The site provides self-employment publications. Interesting site but limited. Unfortunately the excellent (and free) manual "Self-Employment: Steps for Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Helping a Consumer Start a Business" is no longer available online.
National Fraud Information Center
The NFIC was originally established by the National Consumers League, a nonprofit consumer organization in the United States, to fight the growing menace of telemarketing fraud. An interesting site useful for both consumers and small business owners.
National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)
The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is a U.S non-profit organization providing a broad range of benefits to their 250,000 members and representing the interests of the self-employed among legislators in Washington D.C. on key issues that affect their business. All of the information available is for members only with the exception of the statistics report on Self-employed and the U.S economy which shows that 99.9% of all businesses in the United States are small businesses with 77.7% representing the self-employed.
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