Startup basics

  • Prepare a business plan
  • Get a business license
  • Obtain a sellers permit
  • File a fictitious business name
  • Draft a partnership agreement or incorporate with the Secretary of State
  • Open a checking account
  • Talk with an accountant about bookkeeping
  • Set up bookkeeping systems
  • Research insurance needs
  • Develop rate structure
  • Develop brochure, logo and/or website
  • Draft contracts needed for customers/private contractors
  • Print brochure, letterhead
  • Prepare employee training
  • Develop pay schedule
  • Develop billing procedure
  • File appropriate tax forms
  • Develop market research/advertising
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