Sunday, October 27, 2013

Business Resources in Unexpected Places

Sometimes resources useful for businesses are not in the traditional places or may not have the word "business" in their title.  Here are some other places to consider when you're looking for solutions and ideas:

Considering a hobby or craft-related business?
Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center provides practical articles, books, and videos on how to succeed in a wide range of hobbies and crafts businesses.  There are even some tips on being more environmentally friendly in your home business.

Working from home or in a real estate-related business?
Home Improvement Reference Center helps with articles and books on creating your home office, home staging that works for selling homes, property maintenance and repair, energy and sustainable environment upgrading, renovating, becoming a qualified remodeler, and more--complete with detailed instructions. 

Have a business that uses outdoor power equipment, water crafts or boats, tractors, motorcycles, generators, other small engines?
Small Engine Repair Reference Center has an impressive collection of service manuals to meet your needs.

Want to explore business in Texas?
Texas Reference Center can easily be searched by business or business topics to locate articles from magazines and newspapers (including small local ones) and chapters from books like the Texas Almanac.
You or your staff need to upgrade your Excel skills, especially in financial analysis, advanced data analysis, using text functions, advanced pivot table features?
LearningExpress has self-paced tutorials for several versions of Excel.  The 2010 version goes beyond Advanced to Expert level.  (See more in the Learning Express Spotlight from July 15, 2013 and the Subject Guides mentioned at the end of this Spotlight.)

Want to work effectively in our diverse workplace?
Guide to Culturally Competent Health Care [electronic resource], 2d ed. has a WORKFORCE ISSUES section for each of several dozen ethnic groups.

See more business resources on our Management Subject Guide  (or the Subject Guides for International Business, Financial Management, and Real Estate).  Or Ask a Librarian!

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