Name your business
Register the name to protect your brand and name
Write a business plan - see https://www.checkli.com/checklists/marvinrussell/how-to-write-a-business-plan-a-free-checklist-and-table-of-contents-template-1
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: https://www.checkli.com/checklists/anthonycaliendo/digital-asset-protection-a-checklist-for-small-business-owners-1
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
Visit your state\'s website for information on doing business in the state, taxation, links for employers, etc
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