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This is a general checklist that provides necessary steps when an individual, or even an existing company, seeks to start a new business. The form is designed to provide generic conditions and tasks that an individual may have to perform in order to start a business. Not every small business will have to complete each step. The form contains standard requirements for a new business but can be customized to fit the needs of any individual seeking to start a new business.
This is a general checklist that provides necessary steps when an individual, or even an existing company, seeks to start a new business. The form is designed to provide generic conditions and tasks that an individual may have to perform in order to start a business. Not every small business will have to complete each step. The form contains standard requirements for a new business but can be customized to fit the needs of any individual seeking to start a new business. Checklist for Business Start Up 1. Choose a business based on your skills and interests 2. Research the business idea A. What will you sell? B. Is it legal? C. Who will buy it and how often? D. Are you willing to do what it takes to sell the product? E. What will it cost to produce, advertise, sell & deliver? F. With what laws will you have to comply? G. Can you make a profit? H. How long will it take to make a profit? 3. Write a business plan and marketing plan. 4. Choose a business name. A. Verify right to use the name. B. See if the business name is available as a domain name (check at Register.com). 5. Register the business name and get a business certificate. 6. Register your domain name even if you aren't ready to use it yet. 7. Choose a location for the business or make space in the house for it. 8. Check zoning laws. 9. File partnership or corporate papers. 10. Get any required business licenses or permits. 11. Reserve your corporate name if you will be incorporating. 12. Register or reserve state or federal trademark. 13. Register copyrights. 14. Apply for patent if you will be marketing an invention. 15. Order any required notices (advertisements you have to place) of your intent to do business in the community. 16. Have business phone or extra residential phone lines installed. 17. Check into business insurance needs. 18. Find out about health insurance if you will not have coverage under a spouse. 19. Get adequate business insurance or a business rider to a homeowner's policy. 20. Send out publicity releases. 21. Apply for sales tax number if needed. 22. Get tax information such as record keeping requirements, information on withholding taxes if you will have employees, information on hiring independent contractors, facts about estimating taxes, forms of organization, etc. 23. Call Department of Labor to determine labor laws if you have employees. 24. Apply for employee identification number if you will have employees. 25. Find out about workers' compensation if you will have employees. © Copyright 2013 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 2 26. Open a bank account for the business. 27. Have business cards and stationery printed. 28. Purchase equipment or supplies. 29. Order inventory. 30. Order signage. 31. Order fixtures. 32. Get an email address. 33. Find a web hosting company. 34. Get your web site set up. 35. Have sales literature prepared. 36. Call for information about Yellow Pages advertising. 37. Place advertising in newspapers or other media if yours is the type of business that will benefit from paid advertising. 38. Call everyone you know and let them know you are in business. © Copyright 2013 Docstoc Inc. registered document proprietary, copy not 3 INFORMATION AND FORMS ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF ANY KIND INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, OR FITNESS FOR ANY PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL DOCSTOC, INC., OR ITS AGENTS, OFFICERS, ATTORNEYS, ETC., BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION, LOSS OF INFORMATION) ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE MATERIALS, EVEN IF DOCSTOC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. They are for guidance and should be modified by you or your attorney to meet your specific needs and the laws of your state or jurisdiction. Use at your own risk. Docstoc® is NOT providing legal or any other kind of advice and is not creating or entering into an Attorney-Client relationship. The information, reports, and forms are not a substitute for the advice of your own attorney. The law is a personal matter and no general information or forms or like the kind Docstoc provides can always correctly fit every circumstance. Note: Carefully read and follow the Instructions and Comments contained in this document for your customization to suit your specific circumstances and requirements. You will want to delete the Instructions and Comments from open bracket (“[“) to close bracket (“]”) after reading and following them. You (or your attorney) may want to make additional modifications to meet your specific needs and the laws of your state. The Instructions and Comments are not a substitute for the advice of your own attorney. ? Where within this document you see this symbol: ? or
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