Checklists for Starting a New Business

Get free Checklists for Starting a New Business to help secure starting your new small business.

The Starting a New Business Checklists below provides the basic steps you should follow to start your new small business.

The Starting New Business Checklists along with the other important checklists below are dedicated to helping you start your own small business as quickly and as easily as possible.

Starting your own business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. Take advantage of the free business checklists below to help start your small business and customize them to meet your requirements.

The Starting Business Checklist below includes:

  • Background Work:
  1. Assess your strengths and weaknesses
  2. Establish business and personal goals
  3. Assess your financial resources
  4. Identify the financial risks
  5. Determine the start-up costs
  6. Decide on your business location
  7. Do market research
  8. Identify your customers
  9. Identify your competitors
  10. Develop a marketing plan
  • Business Transactions:
  1. Select a lawyer
  2. Choose a form of organization (proprietorship, partnership, or corporation, for example)
  3. Create your business (register your name, incorporate the business, etc.)
  4. Select an accountant
  5. Prepare a business plan
  6. Select a banker
  7. Set up a business checking account
  8. Apply for business loans (if applicable)
  9. Establish a line of credit
  10. Select an insurance agent
  11. Obtain business insurance
  • First Steps:
  1. Get business cards
  2. Review local business codes
  3. Obtain a lease
  4. Line up suppliers (if applicable)
  5. Get furniture and equipment
  6. Obtain a business license or permit (if applicable)
  7. Get a federal employer identification number (if applicable)
  8. Get a state employer i.d. number (if applicable)
  9. Send for federal and state tax forms
  10. Join a professional organization
  11. Set a starting date

The Sample Agreement to Form Business Entity contract can be used when two or more individuals decide to form a business entity together.

There are times when the parties might not follow through on their promises and will fail to contribute anything towards the costs of forming the business entity or even fail to contribute any capital to the business entity. The business probably will not be able to continue without the sharing of the costs or the additional capital that was expected. For more information and to download, customize and print the sample agreement just click the link below.

Click here for more information and to access the Sample Agreement to Form Business Entity.

Another helpful site for starting a business is  They have rules and regulations for starting a business in every state plus there are free business advisors you can talk with.

Click on the link(s) to download the Start New Business Checklists below:

Starting Business Checklist

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