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In my daily travels, I constantly run across people who are unhappy with their jobs and want to break free from their corporate restraints, B.S. management fad du jours and inane HR policies by striking out on their own, but with all the rules, regulations, permits, fees, taxes, licensure requirements, etc., that the government heaps upon businesses, the task seems daunting and the questions innumerable.  Suffice to say that it is not that difficult, at least in Oklahoma and many other "red states," which are generally very friendly to small business, but that is not so in most "blue states," unfortunately, which is why we have been seeing a significant exodus of people from those states.  See How Money Walks.

There are many resources out there to assist you and many are free or very low cost.  The purpose of this page is to provide you with some direction and resources to start your journey. 

Here is an excerpt from a class I am working on - it's a short list of the steps you need to take to start your own small service business:


I suggest you start with reading FormSwift's "Guide to Surviving Tax Reform As A Freelancer."

To get started, I highly recommend taking a small business start-up class - here are some suggestions:


Community Action Partnership and Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City and Oklahoma
If you really want to get started out on the right foot and understand the challenges you face to starting your own business, they offer a fantastic, comprehensive training program for only $25, which includes a large 3-ring binder with all materials plus handouts.  It consists of 8-10, two-hour workshops held over a 4-week period and are repeated throughout the year.  Click here for more info.

Oklahoma Tax Commission
Offers free, 3-hour workshops held at various locations throughout the state.  Among other things, they will show you how to calculate and submit your sales taxes and how to save money by doing it online.  Click here for more info.

Oklahoma Department of Commerce Business Startup Guide


Oklahoma Secretary of State - Steps to Start Your Business

SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Provides low/no-cost training and mentors in your industry.
Oklahoma City SCORE Chapter
SCORE homepage

U.S. Government's Small Business Administration


If you want to start a business and you want it to be successful, you'll need to think very  carefully about your business idea.  Is it a great idea that could turn into a major brand or service or will it fall flat at the start line?  The team at MOO.COM have created this interactive flowchart that asks all the right questions to put your business idea to the test and then gives you the resources/tools to get going!  The folks at MOO.COM have a very comprehensive site and cover all the angles.  Yes, all these questions are overwhelming and personally, I didn’t go through all of them; I didn’t see the need or benefit and if I did, I’d probably still working my way through the list, but that is up to you.  Completely going through this list would obviously be beneficial in certain circumstances, but don’t “over-engineer” your business if you don’t have to.

Business Idea Evaluation Flowchart

Business Startup Toolkit

Business Professional's Guide



So You Want to Become a Private Investigator and or Security Officer?  Here's How.

This is one of the fastest-growing small business opportunities.  Unfortunately, there are many forces out there opposed to this for a variety of reasons and are doing everything they can to squelch this growing industry.  Below is a link to a website operated by a man who has dedicated himself to helping the industry prosper.

RideShare Guy - Blog, Podcast, News & Info for rideshare drivers

CAUTION:  Before engaging in this activity, even if doing so in a volunteer capacity, I strongly urge you to contact your insurance carrier and discuss your plans with them to ensure that your coverage is not jeopardized.

                                          BREAKING NEWS:

I received a call from my auto insurance agent on 10-4-2016.  He called to inform me that because of recently passed legislation, Oklahomans could now engage in ridesharing activities and no longer risk jeopardizing their personal insurance policy coverage.  The new law now allows respective insurance companies to issue policies to Uber, Lyft, etc., drivers.  The original bill, HB 1614, known as the "Oklahoma Transportation Network Company Services Act" was signed into law by Governor Mary Fallin on May 8, 2015.  The full text of the law is here:  Title 47, Chapter 73A, Section 1010, et seq. (scroll down to near the bottom of the page to get to Chapter 73A).  Related: Chapter 73, "The Oklahoma Ridesharing Act," in the same title.

Story:  Oklahoma Regulators Ratify New Rules for Uber, Lyft Ridesharing Apps - The Oklahoman 2-16-2016.

Map of state-level ridesharing laws (Updated regularly, gives status of legislative changes in your respective states).


I know a lot of outstanding, talented bakers, many of whom would love to start their own bakery, but lack the start-up capital to rent or buy a building and equipment necessary to comply with the state's commercial food production licensure requirements.  Well, there is good news for all you aspiring home bakers.  In April, 2013, Governor Mary Fallin signed into law HB 1094 (Title 63, Section 1-1440 et seq. of the Oklahoma Statutes), the Oklahoma Home Bakery Act of 2013, which makes it much easier to legally bake and sell certain items out of your home.  Read the text of the law here - scroll about 1/4 way down the page.

See the bill's history here.

News story here:

The laws are always changing, but there is a website that keeps up with them around the country:  Cottage Foods

If you have any questions, be sure to check with your respective city/county health department first as they may have additional rules/regulations/restrictions.

Well, we are very fortunate to have the OSU-FAPC  (Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Product Center).  This incredible facility is dedicated to helping budding food business entrepreneurs develop and market their product(s) very low cost.  The best place to start is with their Basic Training Class - here is the basic course description from the website:  "FAPC offers a Basic Training workshop for food business entrepreneurs that helps participants address issues through business planning assistance, market identification, strategies and an explanation of food processing regulations."

Also get signed up with these programs:

Made in Oklahoma Coalition

Made in Oklahoma commercial page


I've been contacted by several people recently looking to either augment their income or replace their current one (regular 9-to-5 job).  Mostly, they are just wanting to shed the restraints of the corporate meat grinders with all their tired, antiquated and restrictive rules, regulations, policies and procedures that the HR weenies dream up for their own job security.  Hey, having worked for one of the biggest corporations in the world, I definitely sympathize with them!!!  Here are a few articles I have come across with legitimate work-at-home ideas that you can explore:

06-16-2020 - Clark Howard:  Latest Ways to Make Money (running list, updated regularly)

02-20-2020 - Clark Howard:  How to Make Extra Money, 23 Easy Ways

10-19-2019 - Kim Komando shares 20 legitimate ways to make money online, #13 is for

                     pet lovers

09-17-2019 - Kim Komando:  20 Legitimate Ways to Make Money Online

09-13-2019 - Kim Komando:  20 Best Ways to Make Money Online and on Your Schedule

​​05-27-2018 - Kim Komando:  20 best ways to make money online
01-06-2018 - Kim Komando:  Innovative Ways to Make Money Online

10-16-2017 - Clark Howard:  Work from Home Guide, List of Legitimate Opportunities
10-05-2017 - Clark Howard:  7 Entry-Level Jobs That Let You Work from Home

​08-26-2017 - Clark Howard:  Top 50 Companies hiring for part-time, work-at-home jobs

​08-21-2017 - Kim Komando:  Avoid Work at Home Scams
​07-13-2017 - Kim Komando:  Best Sites for Work-at-Home Moms

06-01-2016 - Pennyhoarder:  50 Ways to Make Money in 2018 That You've Never Heard of

02-06-2016 - Kim Komando:  Need a way to make money at home? Here are 12

                    OTHER HELPFUL LINKS

FormSwift (customizable personal & business forms, fee-based) Small Business Resources
Oklahoma Workers Compensation Forms (including Affidavit of Exempt Status)
Online College/Course Search Tool from Associates to Doctorate level
Skill Share (learn new skills, get unlimited Access to More Than 25,000 Classes)

190 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list​
Michael McGill Empowerment/Motivational Speaker

                  SMALL BUSINESS RIGHTS

Under the Obama administration, the regulatory situation in this county became stifling to just about every aspect of business in this country.  In fact, according to the Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom, when President Obama took office, the United States ranked 6th and we were 11th near the end of this presidency!  Thousands of new rules and regulations are added each year and their cost to business is in the billions of dollars. (Politico Article 1-4-16: Obama Pushing Thousands of New Regulations in Year 8)  And to make matters worse, some states and cities have rules, regulations, training and other licensure requirements that borderline on the completely ridiculous, creating "protected industries" and thus making it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a small business person/entrepreneur to get started.  Fortunately, being an experienced businessman, President Trump and his administration recognized how these regulations were needlessly strangling our economy and rapidly moved to reverse tens of thousands of Obama's insidious and punishing regulatory policies and these two organizations have had great success throughout the country getting many regulatory hurdles removed at the state level:

Institute for Justice 
Castle Coalition

Trump Administration Issues Fewest New Regulations in History, 1/1/2019


YouTube Channels

Behind the Brand

​Jaspreet Singh from Minority Mindset explains everything financial and real estate

Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary from Shark Tank

Motivation Hub

Motivation Madness


Robert Kyosaki from Rich Dad, Poor Dad book series


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