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Self-Employed & Small Business Resources

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Other National Resources for Entrepreneurs

AARP Foundation — Available resources include information for Job Search, Working at 50+, Career Change, Financial Capability, and Unemployment.

Better Business Bureau – Available resources include business toolkits, resources, and guides under the Council for Better Business Bureaus (including data security, cyber security, data privacy, etc.)

Business Planning Resources – Available resources include information on business planning; pitching, funding, starting and managing a business and other business tools.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance – Available resources include information on Federal programs, projects, services and activities that provide assistance or benefits to the American public. 

Freelancers Union –  Freelancers Union promotes the interests of independent workers through advocacy, education, and services.  Available resources include joint benefits, live member events, expert guides, and online networking opportunities. – Available resources include free sample business plans for a variety of businesses, marketing & advertising tips, branding information, Finance & Accounting information, Management information.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (S.C.O.R.E.) -  Free, confidential, one-to-one counseling to small-business owners and those interested in starting businesses. Available resources include information on a range of topics related to starting a business, running & growing a business, marketing, finance & money, technology, management and a link to business advice (mentoring and business plans).

Smart Business Network Online – Offers solutions to the daily challenges of growing a business; topics include management, finance, marketing, technology, health care and personnel. Available resources include information on specific geographic markets, and access to their newsletter (also directed at specific geographic markets).

The Small Business Journal – A magazine for entrepreneurs and small-businesses owners. Available resources include small business plan templates, business ideas, information on how to start and write a business plan, information on team leadership training and advertising a small business.

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Thinking About Self-Employment

Work for Yourself@50+ makes it easy for older adults to explore self-employment options — from business owner to freelancer — with free tools and resources.