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Start Your Own Business

This guide will show you the eResources and books you can use to help find your target market, plan your business for success, navigate legal and financial hurdles, market your business effectively, and community resources.

Getting Started

Spaces @ OCLS

Need a convenient space to create, collaborate, or converse with a client?  The library offers a variety of spaces you can utilize to plan and run your business.

Meeting Rooms are available for booking at all OCLS locations at $10 per hour or a portion thereof. 

The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center was designed with collaboration and sharing in mind. 

The Orlando Public Library, located in downtown Orlando, has a Co-working Room equipped with two tables, 12 chairs, a white board, and LCD TV, and a telephone for out-going local and toll-free calls. 

All Study Rooms @ the Orlando Public Library require a reservation. 


These resources can help you get started, all with your library card!

OCLS Courses - @ Your Library and Online

Quickbooks Pro Classes Offered @ OCLS

Learn the basics of QuickBooks Pro and how it can be used to organize your business. From levels 1-4, you can:

  • explore the environment and master the basic concepts of balance sheet
  • set up a company profile including Vendor Center, Customer Center and adding Items
  • record business transactions such as posting accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • generate financial reports for your company
  • add employees, enter time sheets, setup employee benefits, setup payroll items, pay employees, process payroll forms, and process payroll reports in QuickBooks

Classes are free for Orange County Library Card holders. If you live outside Orange County, classes are available for a small fee.  For more information or to register call 407.835.7323.  You can enroll in a class directly using this link - classes are available in English and Spanish at most OCLS locations.

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This guide is not intended to give legal or binding advice on creating your own business.  It is intended to be a helpful starting point highlighting resources the Library has that can help you to start and grow your business.  Find additional information/sources for advice by visiting our "Community Resources" page.