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Our Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Small Business and more: Small Business Reading for March 29th

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It's been a couple of weeks since we last did a weekly roundup of good business reading - and there is a reason. We were taking the time to launch our new series: The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business. This is an ongoing series of articles that is going to tackle every aspect of a small startup business. We will be running it for most of the rest of the year and you should expect to see a new part come out every week or two. So far we have parts 1 and 2 live - covering everything from the original idea to refining a business concept.

Each part consists of a solid introduction to the topics to be discussed along with practical examples and advice, plus a very concrete worksheet that walks you through the issues, problems and solutions for that topic - and finally a set of resources - background reading, courses and more that you could think of as extra credit or homework.

Here are the first two parts - six articles in all.

Is it time to start up that startup business?
The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1 - Goals, values and Ideas
The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 1 - Resources for Goals, values and Ideas

Build a Winning Business Right from the Start

The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 2 - Defining your business concept
The Yahoo Smart and Simple Guide to Starting a Business: Part 2 - Resources for Defining your business concept

And here are some of the best stories from the past week on Advisor - in no particular order.

From ironworker to entrepreneur - and a quintupled income

Tax deductions you shouldn't try

Surprising business choices: Brain surgeon or famous chef?

Three tips for getting a business loan: what you need to know.

How to get a bank loan for your small business

Strategic Office Support's Kathrine Farris with advice for startup service businesses

If you haven't taken the plunge yet, hopefully some of these articles give you the impetus to start your own business — and if you do, we have tools to help. Besides our domain name, web hosting and ecommerce products, we also have just added an innovative marketing dashboard that you can try for free even if you don't use our other products.

Some other great small business articles from around the web this week.

10 Ways to improve conversion rates for your business

The rise of small business crowdfunding - crowdfunding is a new source of finance for your business - but it has its own rules for success and failure

Why even great marketing ideas fail

Why Americans love small business

Top 10 free web conferencing tools for your small business

Have a great week, watch the bottom line and let us know in the comments if any of this was especially useful or if you have any advice you'd like to share. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

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