“To begin, if you started on this tab… hello… I’m Shelly… I want to help others… help themselves! I want to empower you! Being self-employed is great, but it takes time amongst other things.
Therefore, I’ve listed business resources for you. I have a plethora of information via my affiliate links, the bold words throughout, and within most images (please use them and thank you). Additionally, websites that are not affilates are here to assist you on your journey.
Moreover, everyone has different paths and factors to consider/research… such as demographics or funding to name a few… so take your time… be proactive. If you’re not familiar with technology. I have a list of courses in the education tab.
You can take beginner computer courses and etc. I’m a forever learner… take advantage of these because some classes are free or cost effective. If you have a general question, contact me.
Want to Start A Business?
Use of this agency’s logo and website’s link does not imply an endorsement, preferential treatment, or suggest a relationship that does not exist. There is a host of information via SBA.
First: Market Analysis
Second: Write Business Plan
Next: Fund Your Business
Then: Launch Your Business
After choosing your business structure you may decide to incorporate.
Businesses that have or expect to have employees should incorporate before hiring.
If you run your business as a sole proprietorship, you as an individual are liable and your personal assets are at risk.
However, if you’re incorporated, a corporation or LLC is the employer and takes on this liability risk.
I used a company called IncFile a few years ago, and it was beneficial because of the convenience. My sons used them, as well as my clients. You can form a nonprofit or LLC here.
Additionally, you may need a registered agent. If you used the link above to form your LLC then you had the option to add this service. If not, you can add it now. Every state requires a corporation or an LLC to have one. This address will be used by the state for any official legal and tax correspondence.
Also, you can trademark your brand via IncFile too… start here.
What’s included with the package?
- Legal counsel from an experienced trademark attorney
- A thorough search of existing trademarks
- The preparation and filing of a trademark application
TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABE!!! Surety Bonds Direct is a national bonding agency committed to saving you money. I’m an authorized agent so contact me for a quote. Depending on your profession and state… you may need a bond. Quotes are $80-$300.
When you apply for a DUNs Number with D&B, the Data Universal Numbering System issues a nine-digit number that is unique to your company.
This DUNs number is used to create your business credit file, similar to how your social security number is used to identify your personal credit reports. Once on the site, scroll to the free option if you don’t want to pay for expedited service.
Professional Email, Business Number, and Domain
I use Google for my professional emails and domains. Also, I used Google Voice to obtain my business phone number, and I still utilize them for another endeavor’s number. I find value in a host of Google’s business tools.
design a blog
Start with an amazing free logo!!! You can make it free via Canva. I pay for the $12.95 for the Pro, however, you can earn points to access amazing stock photos and etc by sharing their referral link.
create a website
Vistaprint has everything you need. I strongly recommend them because they are user friendly. Keep in mind some links are via the image, so click if interested in these products.
Screencastomatic is EXCITING! If you’re interested in creating tutorials this platform is amazing. Use the image with the laptop to sign up. Also, if you want to promote this incredible product to other business owners use the Awin image.
QuickBooks is an accounting software package developed and marketed by Intuit.
QuickBooks products are geared mainly toward small and medium-sized businesses and offer on-premises accounting applications as well as cloud-based versions that accept business payments, manage and pay bills, and payroll functions.
Gusto is a company that provides a cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management software for businesses based in the United States. Sign up here for details.
I love Amazon for personal and my business use. Not to mention you can establish a buisness credit account to build credit. Click here to create your free Amazon Business account. However, to apply for an American Express business credit card you have to upgrade to Amazon Business Prime.