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Where to Start When Starting a Business

Thinking of starting a business? If you're like many, you may be grappling with some of these questions:

How do I get started?

When should I get started?

What do I need to do now, next, and far into the future?

What mistakes do I need to avoid?

Who do I need on my team?

How much is this going to cost me?

And importantly, how (and when) will I earn back my investment?

Whether you already have an idea or are thinking through options, we can guide you through the steps you need to take to achieve your goal of starting a business.


What are the first steps to starting a business?

Here’s what you can do today:

  1. Sign up for your free Owner Actions account, and answer some questions about the path you’re thinking of taking. We’ll provide you with a customized checklist of the actions you need to take to succeed.

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  1. Read up on small business startup steps. Our Prepare for Startup library is a great place to start. These specific articles may help you think through some elements to keep in mind when starting a business:
A person looks thoughtfully at a series of question marks while thinking of a name for a business Strategies for Naming Your Business
Choose a Business Structure
A person uses a computer How to Register Your Business with State and Local Governments
A person reads from a computer screen Estimating Startup Costs
A person sits at a desk reviewing options for financing an acquisition Your Go-to Guide to Raising Capital for Your Small Business
  1. Start thinking about who you need on your team to get your business started strong. We can help you find an accountant, attorney, and others who are experts in their field. But before getting started, be sure to read these articles:
A small business accountant holds a calculator Thinking of Hiring an Accountant? Start Here.
A person sitting at a table with a computer and smiling at the camera Description automatically generated Every Small Business Needs an Attorney. Here’s Why.


Three simple steps will bring you closer to your goal of starting and owning a small business.


Ready to take on starting a business?

Looking for more support through startup? Create your free Owner Actions portal, complete with a customized checklist and curated articles, here.

You can also explore our startup library and read up on some of the tasks you'll take on. For many, these will include creating a hiring plan, creating job postings, vetting applicants, and bringing highly qualified people on board. For some, there are location tasks to take on that include deciding whether to buy or lease, finding a site, forming a plan to cover the costs, and insuring it. And, certainly, you'll want to create a business plan that can not only help you attain lender financing but can also be a great tool for firming up your vision.



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