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Business Start-up Checklist

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Owner’s Checklist for Starting a New Business

Background work

o      assess your strengths and weaknesses

o      establish your personal and business goals

o      assess your financial resources

o      identify the financial risks

o      determine the start-up costs

o      decide on your business location

o      do market research (interview people in your field)

o      identify your customers

o      identify your competitors

o      develop a marketing plan

Business transactions

o      select your service providers (accountant, lawyer, banker)

o      choose a form of organization (proprietorship, partnership, or corporation, for example)

o      prepare a business plan

o      create your business (register your name, incorporate the business, etc.)

o      set up a business checking account

o      apply for business loans (if applicable)

o      establish a line of credit

o      select an insurance agent

o      obtain business insurance

First steps

o      get business cards

o      review local business codes

o      obtain a lease

o      line up suppliers (if applicable)

o      get furniture and equipment

o      obtain a business license or permit (if applicable)

o      get a federal employer identification number (if applicable)

o      get a state employer i.d. number (if applicable)

o      send for federal and state tax forms

o      set a starting date

o      join a professional organization

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