Tired of getting lost in cyberspace and ending up at Web sites that don't offer a thing of interest? To help you zip straight to stuff you can really use, we've put together a list of hot sites that you'll want to to visit time and again. These sites can help you start a business, manage your finances, close a deal, be a better parent or student, jumpstart your career--in short, be a happier all-round person. Even some of your favorite celebrities are making the most of the Net with cleverly designed sites that market, entertain and educate.
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The federal government has information useful to businesses of all sizes, and the U.S. Business Advisor is a very good place to start. It provides a gateway to all kinds of government services that can help an entrepreneur succeed, covering everything from tax tips to how to secure loans and export licenses. It has a nice clean design that loads quickly.
The Small Business Administration site has tons of information for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. One of its many links to other government Web sites is to Pro Net, a service that connects businesses with government procurement officers. This site also lists your business in a national database that tells others what goods and services you provide. The section on financing tells you how to get a loan from the SBA and other lenders.
Knowing how popular its card is among the affluent and successful, American Express has created a site to help more people become affluent and successful. Clever, hey? The American Express Small Business Exchange features information for the small business owner ranging from making the sale to appointing the right board of directors. The site also lets you pose questions to a small business expert and post free advertisements for your business. You can even apply online for that platinum small business corporate card you've always fancied.
The Smart Business Supersite is a valuable resource for the busy entrepreneur. It features hundreds of informative articles on dozens of business-related topics and has a searchable index that leads you quickly to the knowledge you seek. Experts on marketing, law, computing and other subjects write monthly advice columns, and a message center lets you communicate with other entrepreneurs. There's even a handy automatic e-mail reminder service that'll tickle your memory about important appointments or your daughter's birthday.
PERSONAL FINANCE SITES
Tom and David Gardner started their investment service, The Motley Fool, on America Online in 1993. Now available on the Web, this site is the most popular service of its kind, perhaps because of the way the financial advice is seasoned with ample doses of zany humor. Aimed at everyone from the first-time investor to serious professionals, The Fool offers more than just numbers and headlines. The School section provides a painless introduction to investing. Also, message boards let you exchange tips with avid online investors from around the world.
For some people, the best daily financial briefing is the one they create for themselves. My Yahoo!, a feature of the Yahoo search service, lets you create a personalized Web page that contains up-to-the-minute financial data as well as the latest news, weather and sports.
Just go to My Yahoo! and sign up for a free membership. Your password will be e-mailed to you in seconds. You can then choose from a variety of news sources and have your selections displayed automatically on a...