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Here is a sample of an article written by Janet Attard providing a useful checklist for a start up business.
Business Start Up Checklist
by Janet Attard
The list below is meant to remind you of the tasks you may have to perform to start your business.
Not every business will have to complete each step. For instance, you may decide not to register your trademark with state or federal officials. Or, you may not be required to publish a notice of intent to do business.
Since laws vary by state and by type of business, be sure to check with local authorities to determine if there are any additional legal steps you need to take.
 Choose a business based on your skills and interests
 Research the business idea:
- What will you sell
- Is it legal
- Who will buy it and how often
- Are you willing to do what it takes to sell the product
- What will it cost to produce, advertise, sell & deliver
- With what laws will you have to comply
- Can you make a profit
- How long will it take to make a profit
 Write a business plan and market plan
 Choose a business name
 Verify right to use the name
 Reserve corporate name if you will be incorporating
 Register or reserve state or federal trademark
 Register copyrights
 Apply for patent if you will be marketing an invention
 Check zoning laws
 Choose a location for the business or make space in the house for it
 File partnership or corporate papers
 Register business name and get a business certificate
 Get any required business licenses or permits
 Order any required notices (advertisements you have to place) of your intent to do business in the community
 Have business phone or extra residential phone lines installed
 Check into business insurance needs
 Find out about health insurance if you will not have coverage under a spouse
 Apply for sales tax number
 Get tax information such as record keeping requirements, information on witthholding taxes if you will have employees, information on hiring independent contractors, facts about estimating taxes, forms of organization, etc.
 Call Department of Labor to determine labor laws if you have employees.
 Apply for employee identification number if you will have employees
 Find out about workers' compensation if you will have employees
 Open business bank account(s)
 Have business cards and stationery printed
 Purchase equipment or supplies
 Order inventory
 Order signage
 Order fixtures
 Have sales literature prepared
 Get adequate business insurance or a business rider to a homeowner's policy
 Send out publicity releases
 Place advertising if yours is the type of business that will benefit from paid advertising
 Call everyone you know and let them know you are in business
Copyright 1995 by Attard Communications
Janet Attard is the author of The Home Office and Small Business Answer Book, published by Henry Holt and Company. She is forum leader of the Business Strategies Forum. For information send email to JanetAC1.
Best of Luck,