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