I write a lot about marketing, networking and various ways to promote your business. And once you’re established, working with subcontractors, providing great customer service and expanding your client base.
I’ve recently heard from some readers who are interested in starting a business, but they’re not sure how to tackle some of the most basic actions. They are in the preliminary stages of working for themselves or WANT to build their own business, but aren’t sure where to start.
This new series will include one post each week about the basics of getting a business established. It will act as a business startup checklist, taking you from square one through each of the steps required when you start a business and begin to work for yourself.
Here is an overview of the topics I plan to cover:
- Determining if business ownership is right for you
- Business planning
- Naming your business, plus 10 tips
- Legalities of business ownership
- Business finances and budgeting
- Setting up a home office
- Knowing when it’s time to take the plunge full-time
The goal of this series isn’t to provide a comprehensive guide to business startup and ownership, but to give an introduction and list some of the questions you need to consider in each of the areas listed above.
At the end of each post, I will include links to other articles, resources and tools where you can get more information and take each step further in the process. And, as always, questions and comments on your own experience are welcomed. The discussion will hopefully provide additional insight for all readers.
Are there other topics in this series you’d like to see represented? Now is the time to speak up!
The first post of the series will be published later today.
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