Starting Your Own Business

If you have a business idea, and have been contemplating starting your own business, here are some online learning resources that will help you think it through.  Stay tuned for more business-related themes and resources via our Keep On Learning series. Where does one begin? How to Start and Run an Online Business, Home Business, and Small Business Guide, courses from Universal Class, offer what you need to understand to make a home-based, or online business successful.  Gale Courses also offers similar classes which cover the essential facets, through Start Your Own Online Business, and Start and Operate Your Own Home-based Business. For information on the different types of business structures, choosing names, how to register your business, and other steps to get your business officially recognized, visit the government websites that will present the necessary requirements for you.  On the federal level, visit or On the state level, visit or  Use the search terms “starting a business”, or/and “NJ Business Action Center” to get the latest information pages presented in these official websites.  You may also try the search terms “small business”, and “business taxation” for programs, and tax information.  The US Small Business Administration at also provides information on launching a business, business counseling, programs, and loans. For help in transforming your business thoughts into a plan, try Gale Courses’s Creating a Successful Business Plan.  A simple but good business plan helps in keeping target with goals, in defining detailed plans for your main plans, as well as in procuring financing! For crucial skills needed in documenting, communicating, and reporting your business’s status, you can find Effective Business Writing, and Accounting Fundamentals from Gale Courses.  You can also try Universal Class’s Accounting & Bookkeeping 101 for Everyone.  Those ledger entries absolutely need to be made… correctly! Make sales, marketing, and customer service have a better impact on your business by signing up with Universal Class for Creating an Effective Sales Team, Customer Service 101, Customer Relationship Management, Telephone Skills and Quality Customer Service, Marketing for Small Business 101, Business Branding 101, and Internet Marketing Basics.  There’s sure to be lots of tips and strategies on how to increase your revenues, make your customers more satisfied, and provide a wider reach for potential clients. Courses concerning hiring can be found in Gale Courses’s Employment Law Fundamentals, and Workers’ Compensation. Budgeting and finance might become bearable with Business Budgeting 101: How to Plan, Save, and Manage from Universal Class. And finally, you can reach out to for free business mentoring and education.  Score offers entrepreneurs webinars, courses, workshops, and a way to connect with expert business mentors who can help you grow your business. Register for any of these courses, to seek information and be proactive, while you are searching for sources of income (or additional income) during these trying times.   When the situation opens up, you could hit the ground running — after all that you have learned online, at any time of the day convenient for you, while staying at home — all through your Livingston Public Library card! May business blessings come to us all… in abundance… soon.  Take care, everyone! — Janea Agbayani, Technology Department Library Specialist For more information, visit: For other topics, themes, and resources suggested for lifelong learning pursuits, visit our blog under the tag:  Keep On Learning.

Reads for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by reading a few of the many writings by and about Asian and Pacific Americans and their heritage and cultures.  These are all in ebook format on Overdrive/Libby. A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev Heartfelt, witty, and thoroughly engaging, Sonali Dev’s debut is both a vivid exploration of modern India and a deeply honest story of love, in all its diversity. The Farm by Joanne Ramos Nestled in New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby. For someone else. Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future when she commits to being a “Host” at Golden Oaks. But now pregnant, fragile, consumed with worry for her family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob A “beautiful and eye-opening” (Jacqueline Woodson), “hilarious and heart-rending” (Celeste Ng) graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us. Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan A stunning story of love, betrayal, and family, set against the backdrop of a changing Taiwan over the course of the twentieth century. Home Remedies: Stories by Xuan Juliana Wang This debut introduces us to the new and changing face of Chinese youth. From fuerdai (second-generation rich kids) to a glass-swallowing qigong grandmaster, these dazzling, formally inventive stories upend the immigrant narrative to reveal a new experience of belonging: of young people testing the limits of who they are, in a world as vast and varied as their ambitions. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during World War II. As the owner displays and unfurls a Japanese parasol, Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe. Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu A deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases—a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old… The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri Set in both India and America, this is a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death. Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong A fearless and provocative blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and history that exposes fresh truths about racialized consciousness in a poet, essayist and daughter of Korean immigrants. Moloka’i:A Novel by Alan Brennert The story of Rachel Kalama, a young native Hawaiian girl growing up in Honolulu at the end of the19th century, who at age seven is diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, taken from her family, and exiled to the leprosy settlement on a remote peninsula on the island of Molokai. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, this magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places. Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America by Sharmila Sen Part memoir, part manifesto, this is a searing appraisal of race and a path forward for the next not quite not white generation —a witty and sharply honest story of discovering that not-whiteness can be the very thing that makes us American. Passage West by Rishi Reddi A sweeping, vibrant first novel following a family of Indian sharecroppers at the onset of World War I, revealing a little-known part of California history Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown by Lauren Hilgers The deeply reported story of one indelible family transplanted from rural China to New York City, forging a life between two worlds. The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen In these powerful stories, written over a period of twenty years and set in both Vietnam and America, Nguyen paints a vivid portrait of the experiences of people leading lives between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua In a powerful debut about modern-day motherhood, immigration, and identity, a pregnant Chinese woman stakes a claim to the American dream in California. Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal In this one-of-a-kind retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in modern-day Pakistan, Alys Binat has sworn never to marry—until an encounter with one Mr. Darsee at a wedding makes her reconsider. Hoopla has several viewing choices to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage. -Archana, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian