Even with the economy as it stands today, a good number of the recently unemployed are trying their hand at their own businesses. Many professionals, unable to land that "dream job" or simply frustrated with the lack of well-paying jobs available are taking the leap, embracing the "I've got nothing to lose" philosophy and striking out on their own.

If you are considering starting your own business, you're in luck! There are plenty of resources available to help you.

1. Contact the local chapter of SCORE(http://www.score.org/index.html. This organization is made up of retired business owners and professionals who can give you tips to success.

2. The Small Business Administration, or SBA (http://www.sba.gov/)is still making loans to new start ups.

3. Visit your local chamber of commerce. Most have a new members component to help you develop a network and referral business.

4. Locate a lead generation/mastermind groups such as Business Networking International (http://www.bni.com). BNI has chapters all over the country.

Perhaps with a little help from these friends, this might be a great time to start anew!

Author's Bio: 

Lisa Moren Bromma has 30 years' investing experience, primarily in real estate and in the cash flow industry and has presented over 1,000 seminars on these topics. She is the author of Wise Women Invest in Real Estate and Real Estate Investing for the Utterly Confused as well as the editor of the Wise Women Investor website and newsletter.

Her newest book How to Make Money in Alternative Investments is on sale now at http://www.amazon.com and http://www.barnesandnoble.com.