The resources in this section include books, courses, and relevant websites with links to self-employment guides, business plan templates, and other helpful tools.

Also, be sure to check out the links under the Exploring Self-Employment tab (if you're considering self-employment) or the Supporting Self-Employment tab (if you're a helping professional).

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Look BeforeYou Leap: The Role of Self-Employment Coaching Self-Efficacy in Facilitating Client's Success article by Roberta Neault, Deirdre A. Pickerell, and Cassandra Saunders

The Look Before You Leap: Self-Employment Survival Strategies book by Roberta Neault and Deirdre Pickerell (PDF or Print)

Business Plan Template
To help you get started developing your business plan, use this template.

Canada Business: Government Services for Entrepreneurs
Provides a wealth of resources from getting your business started to exiting from it.

Canada Revenue Agency: Self Employment
Start here to learn how the income tax folks define self-employment, how to report income on your personal tax form, and how to handle your business expenses (from a tax perspective). There are also links to other government resources for the self-employed.

Doing Business in BC
Access BC's OneStop Business Registry where you can find information on the most common registrations and transactions for businesses (e.g., get your selected business name approved, incorporate you company, change your business address). 

Marketing vs Branding: What's the Difference?
Can't figure out the difference between "marketing" and "branding"?  This article will help clear the confusion around these terms.

Small Business BC
Based in BC? Here's a one-stop-shop for relevant resources and workshops.

Small Business Research and Statistics
Industry Canada publishes a variety of research papers and statistics on small business in Canada. Check out this website to stay informed.

Small Business Trends
Provides small business owners with updates from experts on business trends, relevant research, marketing tips, and a wide variety of resources.

SOHO Business Group
Subscribe to SOHO's  free eNews  to get connected and receive information about new business products, services, details, promotions, contests, and events each week.

The Self-Employment Program: One of the Best Small Business Grants in Canada
If you're on EI and considering self-employment, this program may help you get started.

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