You have decided to get out there and get your feet wet in the world of business. Now what? You can ask friends who have business what to do, you can do research on the internet, or you can get sound advice from a company that has been helping people like you since 1953.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses since its inception. Their programs have been tailored to encourage small enterprises in all areas. SBA’s programs now include financial and federal contract procurement assistance, management assistance, and specialized outreach to women, minorities and armed forces veterans. SBA also provides loans to victims of natural disasters and specialized advice and assistance in international trade.
On the SBA’s website you will find valuable information you need for every aspect of starting your business. With one of the most important stops being ‘Is Entrepreneurship For You?’.
If you get passed this crucial point and still want to start your own then the next place I recommend you go is to their article ’10 Steps to Starting a Business’. In this article it give you a plan of what you need to do as well as links and tools to complete each step. These steps include:
Step 1: Write a Business Plan
Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training
Step 3: Choose a Business Location
Step 4: Finance Your Business
Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business
Step 6: Register a Business Name
Step 7: Register for State and Local Taxes
Step 8: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits
Step 9: Understand Employer Responsibilities
Step 10: Find Local Assistance