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I am interested in running a small business, but have no idea what to do/where to start. Googling online re this seems to lead nowhere with me reading ridiculous websites offering unlikely small-business ideas which don't work or require money or a lot of degrees etc.

Do you know of any Internet sources I may have missed which describe many ideas for self-employment? What about websites which describe examples of self-employment in way more detail? Thanks a lot,

You need to start by deciding what you want to sell to whom. For example do you want to sell goods or provide a service. Find something you will enjoy. Then research to find out what people might buy this stuff. Look at the big sites like eBay, Amazon, GumTree, Fiverr, Guru, élance, etsy etc and see what is being sold. Resist the junk sites that offer you loads of money for little effort, these guys are selling junk ebooks and the only ones making money are them.

Once you know what to do then you can narrow down your search and start finding out what your products are. Then get an established book on starting that kind of business and learn your trade. I have several such books on Amazon that may help you. Good luck.

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