Smart Stops on the Web

Articles Aplenty
Financial planners, consultants and CPAs can read articles on investment topics—such as “Aggressive Wealth Building Strategies,” “Characteristics of Successful Investors” and “Franchise Legal Considerations”—at this Web site. Users also can tap its online resources that include links to a financial dictionary, “Cruelty-Free Investment News” and stock alerts, picks and quotes.

For Real Estate Investing
Novice and experienced investors, as well as finance professionals, will want to stop by this site to read free articles, use its mortgage payment calculator and get Freddie Mac statistics on the housing and mortgage markets. “The Power of Leverage,” “Holding Title to Real Estate and Limited Liability” and “Holding Versus Flipping” all include strategies for how best to invest in property.

An Investment Portal
If you’re an investor or adviser looking for investment software, check out this Web stop from the Investing Systems Network. This portal offers links to sites with investment software, financial newsletters, market news, stock quotes, charts and research—many including free 30-day trials.

Take Stock of This Site
Investors, traders and financial planners alike will want to check out the link to the free articles on the Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities magazine Web site. Recent titles include “A Rationale for Managed Futures” and “Market Profile Basics.” Users also can find investment software product and Web site reviews, as well as take advantage of a glossary and subscribe to a free e-mail newsletter.

Tools of the Traders
Dave Ramsey, author of Financial Peace and host of his own nationally syndicated radio show, offers visitors a free trial membership to his wealth-building Web site. In addition to a plethora of recent and archived articles on investment and finance topics, this Web stop features calculators to figure out the future value of current investments and mortgages.

Make Ethical Decisions
This e-stop offers free sections including articles not labeled “members only,” a glossary containing more than 6,000 financial terms and financial tools such as calculators for amortization, banking, home equity loans, insurance and mortgages. CPAs also can register for a fee for the chance to read current and archived articles on topics such as bear markets, ethical investing, financial planning and money market funds.

For the Small Business Owner
The Web site of Rockville, Maryland-based consulting firm Mercury Partners offers articles such as “Points to Consider Before Raising Capital,” “Five Business Plan Mistakes: How to Avoid Them” and “Understanding Cash Flow.” This site also includes links to the Small Business Administration’s home page and other Web stops of interest to mom-and-pop shops.

Reach Out to Consultants
Professionals seeking freelancers in fields such as business writing, graphic and Web design, software and computer programming can post their projects for free at the Contracted Work—Global Business Center Web site and receive bids electronically. Contractors looking for work can sign up for a low-priced one-week or one-month trial so they can put bids in on jobs and receive contact information for prospective employers.

A Big Site for Small Business
The Network World Fusion Web site bills itself as “the leader in network knowledge,” and with offerings such as detailed hardware and software buyer’s guides, daily news feeds and product tests and reviews, it’s a valid claim. Visitors can apply for 51 free issues of Network World magazine, as well as register for a free weekly e-mail newsletter.

“Solutions for Growing Businesses”
Starting and growing small companies will benefit from a visit to this Web site, which touches on almost all aspects of small business expansion—from human-resources-management advice to software guides. Categories in the Small-Biz Essentials section include the franchise zone, home-based business, money and finance, sales and marketing and technology. Visitors also might want to check out the Ask the Employment Law Expert and How-To Guides sections.

For Comparative Coverage
Whether you need family or small business health, dental or life insurance, this free Web site uses your search criteria to find the lowest rates among providers. You can research other categories of insurance including disability and long-term care. You also can find a glossary of insurance terms and links to sites to get travel and health and fitness information.


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