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Setting Up Your Business

Ready to set-up a home business? Here are the resources you will need to begin a successful business, including steps for starting a business, how to register a business, create marketing identity and how to write a business plan.
  1. Business Plans (17)
  2. Market Research For Home Business (6)
  3. Setting Up Marketing Materials (5)

How to Start a Home Business in 10 Steps
A comprehensive, step-by-step guide on how to start a home business. Learn how to determine whether or not your idea is feasible, write a business plan, find appropriate funding and set-up your company.

Determining Your Startup Costs
Calculating your startup costs - the amount of money it's going to take to get up and running - is an important task to complete before you start any home business.

Business Structure Basics
A simple guide to help you select the most appropriate legal structure for your home business.

Home Business Loans & Financing Options
Home businesses actually have a lot of financing options available. Here is a list of the various small business loan and outside funding options that are available.

How To Name a Business
Want to create a great name for your new business? Learn about what makes a good and marketable name, how to research if it is available and what to do next.

Setting Up Your Business Identity
Establishing your business identity is a big step and can pay huge dividends if executed properly. Learn how to choose a legal structure, business name and website address.

How To Register a Home Business
Learn how to register your business on the federal, state and local level, establish a DBA, and acquire necessary licensing and permits.

Branding 101
How to build, manage and take care of your home business brand

Home Business Insurance Options
Opening a business puts your personal assets at risk. It is crucial to think about how you can protect yourself by purchasing appropriate home business insurance.

70+ Online Home Business Tools
To help you run your home business, consider using these 70+ free or cheap home business tools. If you need marketing, organizing, accounting or operating help, you find a tool you need.

3 Ways To Improve Managing a Business
To avoid failures and missteps in managing a business, it is important to create back office best practices right from the start. Focusing on proper accounting and financial tracking, organized filing systems, and effective time management will allow your business to grow unrestrained.

3 Easy Home Business Filing Systems
Keeping good track of files will be crucial to your back office success. Master the use of a binder filing system, traditional filing system and electronic filing system.

Break Even, Cash Flow and Home Business Funding Options
How much will you need to pay your bills until the money starts coming in from your home business? Will you be keeping your full-time job or is there another breadwinner in the family that can help you until you develop an income stream? Understanding these and other financial issues will help you plan for your home business.

Home Business Accounting & Finance Tips
It is important to carve out time to understand basic accounting practices. Proper software, education and help are three things that can help a business get off on the right financial footing.

4 Effective Time Management Tips
Here are 4 effective time management tips to help you improve productivity and efficiency.

How to Properly Name a Website
A simple guide on naming your business website. Learn which domain extension is best, what to do and what not to do when naming a website, and how to search for name availability.

Preparing Your Home for Your Business
With the product or service you have in mind, can you handle the business from your home the way it is right now? If not, what do you need to do to get it ready?

Choosing a Legal Form of Business
Should you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company (LLC), an S corporation, a partnership, or a full blown C corporation?

Understanding Legal Barriers to Your Home Business
Everyone who wants to start a home business needs to be aware of state and local restrictions and requirements that may prevent them from running their business from home. If you live in a homeowners' or community association, you have an additional layer of red tape to understand.

Small Business Startup Guide
A comprehensive, free, interactive roadmap for starting a business successfully from the SBA.

Free Course on How to Start a Business
From My Own Business, founded by entrepreneur and founder of Yum Yum Donut Shops, Inc., Phil Holland.

Resources for Home Businesses
A collection of online resources for home businesses, including free information from the Internal Revenue Service - IRS, the US Small Business Administration - SBA and other Web resources of interest to entrepreneurs and small business operators.

Starting a New Business at the Holidays
Starting a new business during the holidays has its pros and cons. Some new businesses flourish during the holiday season. Here's the scoop on starting a business at the holidays, along with 7 business ideas that work well at holiday time.

Small Business Startup Guide
A comprehensive, free, interactive roadmap for starting a business successfully from the SBA.

Contacting Your State's Department of Revenue
A listing of individual state departments of revenue, which you'll need to contact if you are required to collect sales taxes and for information about taxes on your home business.

Websites for Each State's Secretary of State Office
Websites for the Secretaries of State for each US state, where you'll need to start by registering your business and looking into licensing, etc. for your home business.

Setting Up Your Business Website
A business website or online presence is an important part of a business identity. This article discusses establishing an online presence for your businesss with a website or blog.

Opening Business Bank Accounts
Opening a business bank account is an important step for creating business identity since the IRS requires you to keep your personal funds and business funds separate. This article discusses opening a bank account for your small business.

Employer ID Numbers - EIN - Do You Need One for Your Business?
Securing and Employer ID Number (EIN) from the Internal Revenue Service is often a required step if you want to start a business. This article discusses why you should consider getting an EIN even if you're not required to have one for your small business.

Establishing a Business Address and Phone Numbers
Establishing a business address and phone numbers is an important step in creating an identity for your small business. This article discusses how to establish a business address, telephone and fax numbers for your small business.

Choosing a Business Name and Tagline
Creating a business identity is an important part of any business. This article discusses choosing a business name and tagline for your small business.

8 Steps to Your Business Identity - Hanging Out Your Shingle
Creating a business identity is an important part of any business. This article presents the eight basic steps needed to quickly create a business identity so you can get your small business started and "hang out your shingle" and open your doors for business.

Small Business Startup Guide
A comprehensive, free, interactive roadmap for starting a business successfully from the SBA.

Contacting Your State's Department of Revenue
A listing of individual state departments of revenue, which you'll need to contact if you are required to collect sales taxes and for information about taxes on your home business.

Websites for Each State's Secretary of State Office
Websites for the Secretaries of State for each US state, where you'll need to start by registering your business and looking into licensing, etc. for your home business.

Free Course on How to Start a Business
From My Own Business, founded by entrepreneur and founder of Yum Yum Donut Shops, Inc., Phil Holland.

Small Business Startup Guide
A comprehensive, free, interactive roadmap for starting a business successfully from the SBA.

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