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Checklist for How To Start a Business

Starting a business should be an exciting time, not a difficult one. From registering with the State to hiring qualified employees, our How to Start a Business checklist will walk you through the steps of starting a business.

Basics of Establishing a Small Business

Looking to register your company with the State as a sole proprietor, LLC, SCORP or CCORP? Make sure you are getting the right attorney for the job.

Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN). It's free and easy to do yourself; or have an attorney help!

A sales tax number is required but that doesn't mean it has to be difficult. Have an accountant help you register to ensure all steps are covered.

All that money needs to go somewhere! Open a business bank account to keep your earnings safe and secure.

Setting up a strong accounting system is a crucial step in a business' money management. Find the right accountant for your business.

Keep your business secure by setting up an insured coverage plan for your business.

Complete the Beneficial Ownership Information (BOI) report

Not sure where to go from here? Find guidance, business plans and cashflow advice to keep your business on the upward trajectory.

Next Steps

Learn how to navigate the maze of business licensing requirements, including:

Prepare your business for the hiring and firing process before bringing on employees.

Join a state or regional association to propel your business to success, such as:

Take claim over your idea by filing for a trademark and/or patent.

Additional Resources

Looking for additional resources? The Small Business Resources Hub contains in-depth information on timely topics affecting small business owners like yourself, including tips for getting started.