Do you want to start a business, but don't know where to start? Or have you have recently started a business and are feeling overwhelmed?
The SBDC has many helpful resources for you. Start with the topics below, and then don't forget to contact North Idaho SBDC to find out more about our coaching services and workshops.
SBA: Starting and Managing a Business – An overview for topics pertaining to starting and managing a business. Topics include what it takes to start, outline of a business plan, choosing business structure and other legal issues, financing and taxes.
www.score.org – SCORE “Counselors to America`s Small Business” is the best source of free and confidential small business advice to help you build your business—from idea to start-up to success. The SCORE Association, headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide.
www.toolkit.cch.com – Use the information in the CCH Small Business Guide to answer your business, tax, and legal questions and to get practical tips that will help you work smarter, save money, and stay in compliance with the law.
http://www.startupjournal.com/ – The Wall Street Journal offers this site, showing businesses for sale, franchises, business opportunities and many other articles and resources relevant to small business development.
IRS Business Structure – When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. Your form of business determines which income tax return form you have to file. This site covers the tax implications and forms needed for the most common forms of business structures.
Michael Gerber’s The E-Myth Revisited should be required listening for anyone thinking about starting a business or for those who have already taken that fateful step. The title refers to the author’s belief that entrepreneurs–typically brimming with good but distracting ideas–make poor businesspeople. He establishes an incredibly organized and regimented plan, so that daily details are scripted, freeing the entrepreneur’s mind to build the long-term success or failure of the business. You don’t need an M.B.A. to understand or follow its directives; Gerber takes time to explain buzzwords and complex theories. Read in a clear and well-paced manner, listening to The-E Myth is like receiving advice from an old friend.