Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. Here are 10 steps that may assist you to plan, prepare and manage your business.

Step 1:

Write a Business Plan.

Use tools and resources to create a business plan to help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Step 2:

Get Business Assistance and Training

Take advantage of resources available at the US Small Business Administration to prepare a business plan, secure financing or expanding or relocating a business

Step 3:

Choose a Business Location

Get advice on how to select a customer-friendly location and comply with zoning laws.

Step 4:

Finance Your Business

Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.

Step 5:

Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6:

Register a Business Name or create a business Entity

Form your business with your state government.

Step 7:

Get a Tax Identification Number

Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.

Step 8:

Register for State and Local Taxes

Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

Step 9:

Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.

Step 10:

Understand Employer Responsibilities

Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.

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