Although the link below (from ABC's Good Morning America web site) is aimed at women these tips apply to anyone that wants to go into a business.
In today's economy there are more small business start ups because people are taking things into their own hands for income. There are many ways to do this and just ask a neighbor and I am sure you will get all the advice you can handle.
Better yet read the article I have linked to below. Some good thoughts and idea's. Perhaps even some help if you follow Tory Johnson.
Tory Johnson: Small Business Start-Up Success Stories - ABC News