It's 2013 and you've decided to embark on a new adventure. You're ready to materialize your vision by starting your business. To be honest you're a bit nervous and confused on where to start. Take a deep breath and calm your nerves. Here you will find a business start-up check list containing tips that will guide you along your new adventure.
• Registering with the state. Every state has a department that deals with getting businesses started, this department is usually called Division of Corporations, for Florida that department is found at Sunbiz.org.
• You need to get permission to run your business. Whether you'll work from a store front or from your home you will need a business tax receipt in order to operate. You can obtain this from the city or county depending how the process is set up by your local authorities. If you are starting a home based business be sure you are well versed on the regulations governing home businesses in your exact location (i.e. restrictions from the city, county or homeowners association).
• Look into getting a tax number. An EIN (Entity Identification Number) is the number given to your business by the IRS to identify your business. Your EIN will identify your business for tax purposes and allow you to open a business checking account.
You want to be certain that your are compliant with not only state but local laws as well. Be sure to research extensively all the requirements you must complete to start your business. Also, don't forget to save any certificates or receipts that you are given in the process. If you have any advice on the business start-up process that you would like to share or have a question, feel free to do so below.