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A Checklist for Your New Business

Use this list to get a handle on free resources, take care of procedural items, and decide on a business structure

I'm starting my own spa party business: doing in-home massages and facials and selling products. Where do I begin in terms of business structure, hiring employees, and buying my products wholesale? It's a bit overwhelming.—T.O., New York

There are many good resources online, and in your local library or bookstore that will walk you through the startup process. However, because questions like yours come up so frequently, we asked Martin Lehman, a counselor with the nonprofit SCORE NYC agency to provide some advice.