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Starting a Business

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

The Basics

REGISTER WITH THE STATE
Register your company with the State as a sole proprietor, LLC, S-Corp or C-Corp. Not sure which is best? Find a local attorney to help you through the process.

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

TAX ID NUMBER
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.

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

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

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

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

Next Steps

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

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

Additional Resources

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