Starting your own business can be scary, but knowing how to get started, how long it will take, and how much it will cost should not be a barrier. Here is a Quick Start Guide to Starting a Small Business.
1. Secure Health/Life/Disability Insurance
2. Setup a new Business Entity
3. Be Reachable - Setup Email and Phone
4. Get the Word Out - Free Marketing
5. Setup for Broader Marketing
6. Track Prospects, Customers, and Sales
I like Hubspot CRM which is free to track contacts. It has built-in Gmail integration with template emails and a wealth of learning resources. Setup takes about 1 hour, but may take longer if you have not used a CRM system before. This may be overkill for some but it keeps me organized. Alternatively, you could use a Google Sheet for forecasting sales and tracking customers.
7. Get a Logo
I purposefully put this last because unless you are opening a brick-and-mortar store, I don't think a logo adds as much value to your new business compared to the other items above. That said, there are several online logo creators, plus sites such as fiverr.com where you can purchase custom logos for as little as $10. Make sure to get "Vector Files" plus the raw Photoshop (.psd) or Illustrator (.ai) formats. This ensures you can scale up/down the images without loss of clarity.
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Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer or financial planner, and I'm not attempting to give advice in these capacities. I've compiled these steps to help aspiring entrepreneurs shortcut, not replace, the research step.
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