http://humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm Provides a shortcut personality type test, similar to Meyers-Briggs.
For Job seekers
www.mynextmove.org An interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options. My Next Move has tasks, skills, salary information, and more for over 900 different careers. Users can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or through the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience. My only caution would be that salary information is based on U.S. national surveys done by the U.S. Federal government. Salaries can vary greatly from city to city so check your local area for average salary information for your desired job. You can rely on this site as factual information, not advertising hype. This site is a page within the larger government site www.onetcenter.org
quintcareers.com Great resource for job hunters with all kinds of solid information about self-assessment, job hunting skills, career change plans, resume writing, personal branding and more. Geared more toward those seeking a conventional job rather than starting a business, but strong, no-hype information.
www.martynemko.com A totally free, no advertising (except for Nemko's own books) site with tons of articles on jobs, careers, education and business. Marty has been a career counselor for over 26 years and is well known in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he lives. I don't know Marty but his site has lots of great information and worth your time to read.
http://www.activateyourcareerdreams.com/ For help writing your career change resume or for personalized coaching on resume writing and interviewing.
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/home.htm U.S. Dept of Laborâ€™s Occupational Outlook Handbook
If you want to start a business
http://www.sba.gov/sba-direct/article/141911 From the U.S. Small Business Administration: Starting a Business? 10 Steps Every Entrepreneur Needs to Know
sba.gov U.S. Small Business Administration website with tons of information on how to start and run a small business. Also includes guides to local mentors and classes in your area. The sba site includes a business plan template, though briefer versions are available elsewhere.
sba.gov/content/nonprofit-organizations if you want to start your own non-profit organization, sba can help.
census.gov the federal government tracks all kinds of statistics related to business, economics and jobs
For a home based business
http://www.sitesell.com/ellen46.html This is the Site Build It! website that enabled me to create this website. I can't recommend it highly enough. The provide all the tools, information, training and resources you need to create not just a website, but a money-making web-based business.
Info on Non-profit/public benefit organizations
guidestar.org a good resource if you are researching non-profits
foundationcenter.org all about foundations for both organizations seeking funding as well as philanthropists. They also publish research reports on various philanthropic trends
opportunityknocks.org a job board for non-profit org jobs