One part of the American dream still intact for some people is the desire to own their own business. After years of contributing time, ideas, energy and talent to making money for someone else, almost every worker thinks about doing it for himself or herself. If your time has come, we have several freebies that can help you start.

The best starting point is the local office of the Small Business Administration. You'll have your choice from racks of free information, including publications such as "Checklist for Going Into Business," "Small Business Bibliographies" on dozens of business topics, and "Management Aids" covering everything from "The ABC's of Borrowing" to "Finding a New Product for Your Company."

Check the phone book for the nearest SBA office, or call 800/433-7212.

If you're going to start a new business, the last thing you want to do is open an enterprise that nobody needs. Find out what's hot with today's entrepreneaurs by reading "157 of the Newest, Most Profitable Small Businesses." Specialists at the International Entrepreneurs Association investigated thousands of get-rich-quick schemes before assembling this list, so your cahnces of failure are reduced. New businesses with a better-than-average chance of succeeding include no-alcohol bars and 10-minute oil change shops.

The catalog suggest many ways to cash in on the do-it-yourself craze, and points out ventures that take very little capital. One man in Montreal invested $100 in a few posies, corralled a group of school kids to sell them, and today he's making more than $80,000 a year.

Get the lowdown by sending 50 cents postage and handling to IEA, Department FB, 631 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Calif. 90401.