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Starting a Business

Once you've made the decision to become an entrepreneur, how do you get started?

The Basics of Starting Up
These are the basics you'll need if you're looking to be an entrepreneur, learn how to pick a location, insure your business, and start marketing yourself.

Obtaining Business Licenses and Permits - The Paper Chase
You’ve made the decision to start your own business. But before you open your doors or make your first sale, you’ll need to make sure everything’s legal. This means obtaining the proper business licenses and permits. These vary by city, state and country, as well as according to the type of company you’re operating.

Calculating Startup Costs
You’re confident you’re sitting on the next million-dollar idea. Whether you’ve already secured funding or just trying to figure out what it will take to get started, an accurate estimate of start-up costs is necessary to reasonably predict financial performance in the first few quarters. Of course every business and every industry have different cost requirements, but these steps can help you start the number-crunching.

Opening Your Doors for Business
Sixth and final in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business. This article covers the motivation, organization, and time management skills to help you gain momentum once you're really in business.

Risk Management Strategies for Your Startup
Startup Checklist Series Part 5 covers obtaining insurance and other risk planning for your protection.

Choosing a Business to Start
The traditional approach to entrepreneurship is to research the market, identify a need, and create a business to fill it. In recent years, "Do what you love and the money will follow," has become increasingly popular. But there's an approach that combines the best of both.

How to Create a Great Business Name
A great name is the beginning of a great brand. It should be memorable and create a certain feeling when heard. Here's a quick how-to on creating one and making sure it's not already used.

Setting up Financial and Recordkeeping Systems
The fourth installment in the series covers the financial and other recordkeeping systems you need for your new business.

The Legal Requirements for Starting a Business
Third in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business, this article explores the legal requirements for establishing your business.

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Geoff Bartakovics, co-founder and CEO of Tasting Table, recently gave a talk at the Assembled Food conference, an event focused on the convergence of the food industry and the startup space. Tasting Table is a free daily email publication that delivers the best of food and drink culture to adventurous eaters across the country. Per a recent Los...

Choosing a Business Name
Learn how to pick a winning name for your business, make sure your proposed business name is available, and properly register your business name and web domains.

Choosing a Location for Your Business: There's More to Consider Than Just Cost
There are many factors to consider in choosing the location for your business. You must consider whether your location is important to customers, employees, and even potential investors. Each of these groups has different concerns about the location: convenience, safety, prestige, traffic, and more. Get ready to make one of the most important...

Choosing Your Business Name
Second in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business, this feature discusses the importance of establishing a strong brand and shares some pointers on picking the right one.

Sole Proprietorship Not So Simple
So you want to go into business for yourself? Run your own show? Being a sole proprietor is the easiest way to get started in business, but there's still more to it than just getting business cards printed and sticking up a web page. You may not need a formal business plan, but this checklist will help you make sure you've at least given some thought to the many complexities that may arise.

Choose the Right CPA for Your Business
CPAs are more than just individuals who do your yearly taxes. They can advise you on a long list of other services, which may include advice on your accounting system, financial, retirement, estate and tax planning. Choose the right CPA to handle your finances so you can stay focused on your core competencies.

Startup Entrepreneurs Can Get Investors if They Avoid Traps
Consultant and coach David Ronick's new book Hit the Deck offers startup entrepreneurs critical advice on how to get their company off the ground and secure financing.

A 20-Point Checklist for New Home Businesses
Angela Wu provides a checklist designed for people looking to create a home-based business on the Web, but it's applicable for all home-based businesses.

I Have a Great Idea For a Business. Now What Do I Do?
You've got a great idea for a business. Now how do you get started? From finding the right strategic alliances to business planning to fundraising, here are a clear set of steps to help you get started.

Passive Income: How to Earn More and Work Less
Do you want to continue working 60+ hours a week the rest of your life? Neither do I! Do you want to be able to take time off whenever you want to, without worrying about what's going to happen to your business? So do I! In order to do that, you're going to have to start creating income streams that do not require your direct involvement. Passive income will allow you to earn more and work less.

Startup Checklist
First in a six-part series on the steps you need to cover in starting a business.

Starting Your Startup
17 advisers, founders, and professional managers, all of whom have made startups work, share some tools, tips, and tactics.

Pink Slips to Deposit Slips
Your Small Business Information Guide offers five tips for transitioning from unemployed to business owner.

The Art of the Start
I recently attended a presentation by Guy Kawasaki on his book, "The Art of the Start". He's a very entertaining speaker - funny, irreverent, and above all, insightful. He built his presentation around his top ten tips for anyone starting anything - entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, non-profit ventures. I share them with you here, along with a few...

Small Business Startup Kit
This extensive guide to starting a business covers everything from the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial lifestyle to business plans and financing. Being from the Small Business Administration, there's extensive information here on relevant government regulations and SBA assistance programs.

Small Business Startup Kit
This extensive guide to starting a business covers everything from the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial lifestyle to business plans and financing. Being from the Small Business Administration, there's extensive information here on relevant government regulations and SBA assistance programs.

Starting Your Startup
17 advisers, founders, and professional managers, all of whom have made startups work, share some tools, tips, and tactics.

Startup Checklist
First in a six-part series on the steps you need to cover in starting a business.

A 20-Point Checklist for New Home Businesses
Angela Wu provides a checklist designed for people looking to create a home-based business on the Web, but it's applicable for all home-based businesses.

Choosing Your Business Name
Second in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business, this feature discusses the importance of establishing a strong brand and shares some pointers on picking the right one.

Choosing a Business Name
Learn how to pick a winning name for your business, make sure your proposed business name is available, and properly register your business name and web domains.

The Legal Requirements for Starting a Business
Third in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business, this article explores the legal requirements for establishing your business.

Setting up Financial and Recordkeeping Systems
The fourth installment in the series covers the financial and other recordkeeping systems you need for your new business.

Risk Management Strategies for Your Startup
Startup Checklist Series Part 5 covers obtaining insurance and other risk planning for your protection.

Opening Your Doors for Business
Sixth and final in the series of steps you need to cover in starting a business. This article covers the motivation, organization, and time management skills to help you gain momentum once you're really in business.

Entrepreneurial Potential Through iPhone App Development
Entrepreneurial Potential Through iPhone App Development

Six Ways Entrepreneurs Can Leverage the Economic Recovery
An economic development executive recommends steps entrepreneurs can take to launch businesses more successfully as the economic recession ends and the recovery takes hold.

Productivity for Entrepreneurs
From Pomodoro to lean to creating a "don't do" list, here are the tips your need to be efficient.

10 Tips on Starting a Business and Saving Thousands
A business expert offers advice on saving money on small business startup.

The Right Corporate Structure is Essential for Success
An expert on business startup structures explains the pros and cons of different setups, including LLC, corporation, C and S corporations, and partnerships.

Weighing the Pros and Cons of LLCs, Corporations, S Corps and C Corps
Pros and cons of different corporate structures including LLC, limited liability company; S corp, C corp.

Design a More Successful Startup
Tips on working with a designer to successfully launch your startup idea.

All About Making Money WIth Affiliate Marketing
Secrets of building a successful affiliate marketing business.

How To: Accept Payments Online
Tips on apps and platforms for setting up an online shop and getting paid online.

Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Avoid the Business Planning Process
The most common reasons entrepreneurs fail to complete a business plan.

Why it Pays To Work in a Startup Before Launching Your Own
What entrepreneurs can learn from an apprenticeship at a startup.

5 of Our Favorite Ways to Make Money From Home
From affiliate marketing to information products to blogging, here are a number of ideas on making money online from home.

Building a Legal Pot Economy in Washington State
As Washington State sets up legal marijuana trade, here are some of the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs.

Is an Incubator or Accelerator Program Right for Your Startup?
Startup incubators and accelerators are places for developing founders to rapidly test their ideas, get expert guidance from more seasoned entrepreneurs, get some seed funding and hopefully emerge with a fully viable company.

Create a Self-Paced Email Course
Because the web makes the large-scale dissemination of information so easy and cost-effective, there might be money in your expertise.

Start Up in Stealth Mode
Launch your business while holding onto your day job with these tips on building your reputation, building a client base and more.

Wanna Be in Pictures? Maybe You Should Be an Internet Marketer
How entrepreneurs can build their internet profiles using free or low-cost tools.

Top 5 Myths About Self Employment
The top myths about self-employment, with information about affordable health care, productivity, building a community and more.

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