Starting a New Business - 17 Point Checklist

Starting a New Business - 17 Point Free Checklist
  • Get Started  

  • Name your business

  • Register the name to protect your brand and name 

  • Write a business plan - see

  • Pick your location: online, brick and mortar, multiple locations 

  • Apply for needed licenses and permits 

  • Open a business bank account

  • Develop a marketing plan: website, social media, advertising, logos, business cards

  • Choose software and tools to help manage your business: accounting, social media, email, data storage

  • Choose an accountant or attorney

  • Hire team: recruit and train employees, consultants or freelancers 

  • Protect your hard and digital assets:

  • Federal Taxes 

  • Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) if applicable - 

  • Select a business structure: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, Corporation, S Corporation, Limited Liability Company (LLC)

  • Choose a tax year: Calendar year - 12 consecutive months beginning January 1 and ending December 31. Fiscal year - 12 consecutive months ending on the last day of any month except December.

  • Have employees fill out Form I-9 (PDF) and Form W-4 Pay your business taxes

  • Pay any required business taxes: Income Tax, Estimated Taxes, Self-Employment Tax, Employment Taxes, Excise Tax 

  • State Taxes

  • Visit your state\'s website for information on doing business in the state, taxation, links for employers, etc  

  • Checkout more of my resources, tips and checklists for small business owners: 

This checklist was created by anthonycaliendo

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