Starting a business can be an enjoyable and rewarding venture. Combined with the thrill of working for yourself and doing what you enjoy, there are many responsibilities in running your own business. Thankfully, the resources are vast. The internet is full of many sites with valuable free information on starting a business. The government of Canada in conjunction with the provincial governments has a great site as a first stop for learning about starting a business. On this site, you have information on business plans, financing, regulations, taxation, importing, exporting, sector information and valuable links. In addition to the available resources on the internet, your accountant, lawyer and banker are important resources to be used. Beginning a business with the proper advice prior to hanging your shingle will save you headaches, aggravation and potential significant sums of money.