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LINKS for Independent Professionals

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Resources and Services
Articles and Advice
   Small Business
   Just for IPs
   Family Lifestyle


Tax Links

We know that doing your taxes is the most pleasurable part of being self-employed. We also know that the sun revolves around the earth... uh, pay no attention to us. But do check out our new collection of top tax sites for IPs.

   Resources and Services

Aquent Financial Services
Need health insurance? Frustrated by clients who pay you irregularly, if at all? Aquent Financial Services can help.

Association of Small Business Development Centers
The ASBDC supports small business in the U.S. by providing one-on-one consulting, training, and education. It has over 1,000 offices -- find the one nearest you.

Business Filings, Inc.
If you decide to incorporate, Business Filings can take care of the paperwork for you at a reasonable price.

CCH Business Owner's Toolkit
Comprehensive, free advice on starting your business and making it a success. You can also pay for services like debt collection and Web marketing.

Dun & Bradstreet
Need to make a decision about extending credit to a client or just want more information about its financial status? Dun & Bradstreet, the same firm the suits use, has services and prices specifically for small businesses.

Garage lets you talk to angels… the VC sort of angels. Get in touch with individual and corporate investors here.

Sample Business Plans
When you're just starting out, you don't have to start from square one. Use these sample business and marketing plans to help set your goals.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
Who said there's no such thing as a free lunch? SCORE counselors are available to answer your small business questions in person or via email -- absolutely free!

Quicken.com: Small Business
The masterminds behind the software you can't live without also provide advice on marketing and managing your business, as well as sample business forms.

Small Business Administration
Seminars, financial assistance, and more, all courtesy of Uncle Sam.

Virtual Growth
Bean-counting not your strength? Outsource your accounting over the Internet.

   Articles and Advice

Small Business

American Express Small Business Exchange
Articles, advice, and information about running a small business. Don't leave home without it.

Read articles providing legal, marketing, and financial advice for your small business.

Fast Company
The self-appointed magazine of the "new economy," Fast Company aims to help entrepreneurs define and manage their businesses in the age of the Internet. Their Brand You section is of particular interest to IPs.

Idea Café
Reading about business doesn't have to be dull! Idea Café provides practical small business information in a fun format. A special section is dedicated to Gen-Xers making it on their own.

A small-business portal with a wide spectrum of services and articles. (Note: Aquent has a special partnership with Inc.com.)

Products, services, and advice for small businesses.

Just for IPs

Career Magazine
Skip over the wage-slave stuff, and concentrate on the many columns geared at specific IP fields.

The Contract Employee's Handbook
Yeehaw, cowboy! Old West prospector Dungaree Dan presents comprehensive information about managing your IP career. We don't understand the IP/Old West connection, either.

Information for independent IT consultants, including back issues of Contract Professional magazine.

Computer Consultants @ www.ezboard.com
A very active discussion forum for computer consultants.

Free Agent Nation
Dan Pink, a writer who specializes in the growing IP movement, hosts this site that discusses IP issues. Get legal, business, and health insurance information, or talk to other IPs in a conference area.

Home Office Magazine
Articles covering the problems and pleasures of working at home.

Janet Ruhl's Computer Consultant's Resource Page
For the geek IP.

Networking for Professional Consultants
NetProCon provides a variety of resources for professional consultants, including a long list of books and a discussion forum.

Working Solo
Author Terri Lonier's site offers many resources for independent professionals. Learn about the latest business books, find information on starting a business, and keep abreast of news that affects IPs.

Family and Lifestyle

Bizy Moms
Message boards, advice, and products for parents who work at home.

Business@Home: Reworking the Way We Work
Articles and advice about making a life while making a living at home.

The Entrepreneurial Parent
Articles and discussion forums for parents whose professional and personal lives both take place at home. EP also offers expert advice and consultations for your thorniest problems.

Home-Based Working Moms
Geared to parents who work at home and those who would like to, HBWM offers tips on running a business while raising your children.

Moms Network
A fun and colorful site offering specific business advice for moms who work at home.


American Institute of Graphic Arts
The premiere organization of its kind, the AIGA provides a FAQ for members and non-members and sponsors several events. (Note: Aquent Partners is the official talent agency of the AIGA.)

Graphic Artists Guild
An advocacy group for graphic artists, the GAG provides resources such as copyright information and advice on health insurance providers. You can also access guidelines for ethics and pricing, as well as a directory of members and chapters.

National Association for the Self-Employed
NASE lobbies the government on behalf of IPs; their site contains important financial and tax information. Members can get more specialized advice in their ShopTalk area. Its main activity is providing group health insurance and other benefits for members.

National Foundation for Women Business Owners
NFWBO is dedicated to researching and supporting women business owners and their companies. Your can purchase their research publications or attend one of the leadership events they sponsor.

Small Business Survival Committee
A group that gets the folks on Capitol Hill to pass more small-business-friendly laws.

Working Today
Working Today is a non-profit advocacy group that aims to give IPs a voice in the political debates that affect their professional lives. You don't need to be a member to access valuable resources including tax advice, retirement-planning information, and a directory of sites helpful to independent workers.

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