MyOwnBusiness.Org is a good online resource that offers simple, well-thought out guideposts on the ins-and-outs of setting up your own business.
A non-profit organization, MyOwnBusiness.Org aims “to educate entrepreneurs by providing free coursework to foster success and prevent and mitigate human suffering and economic losses arising from preventable mistakes.”
Their primary offering comes in two flavors: a free on-line course (you still have to sign up), and paid-with-certification. You can also just buy the textbook to have offline reference when you study the free course.
The free course offers access to expert video clips and free business templates. The paid course has that and includes graded quizzes and final exams, a certificate, and exclusive access to their members-only internet resource guide (over 250 links), business forums and customized spreadsheet templates.
Whether free or paid, since the course is only sixteen units long, you can accomplish the whole thing in 2 weeks, or you can go at your own pace if you’re pressed for time.
Another informative business websites is the US Small Business Association .They also offer free business-related online courses (requiring only simple registration), covering topics like starting a business,on surviving in a down economy, business management, finance and accounting. Many of the courses are really short, taking only 30 minutes of on-line reading, which is perfect when you’re time-pressed.
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