This workbook was designed for anyone who feels the pull of self-reliance and self-employment. It’s also great for anyone who started their business in the last few years and is wondering if they did it right, but the real audience is the first-time entrepreneur. A task-oriented guide to launching your first business.
The Small Biz Quickstart Workbook covers over a hundred tasks you need to address as you launch your new business. The workbook is divided into three categories: Planning; Launch; and First Year. The Planning phase can take as long as you wish. It might be six weeks or six years. But eventually, you'll need to pick a name for your business, decide on the form for your business (e.g., sole proprietor or corporation), figure out health insurance during your transition, and so forth. The Launch phase is much shorter. These are the actions you need to take to actually get your business off the ground. These include getting a business license, a tax ID number, and opening a bank account for the business. There's a lot to do here, so this is more about taking actions than making decisions. This phase will probably be completed within about thirty days. The First Year phase is another set of action steps, but they are less time sensitive than the launch phase. These include creating various reports, filing taxes, hiring, etc. Again, it's all stuff that needs to be done. It just doesn't have to be in place before you start getting clients and taking in payments. To use the workbook, you will first read through each topic in the Planning Phase. You will set aside tasks you have already addressed (for example, you may have already decided on a name for your business). Then you will sort the remaining tasks in order of priority and proceed to work through them. You repeat this process for the Launch and First Year phases. Back Cover: So, You Want to be Self-Employed... Congratulations on taking the plunge! As scary as it seems right now, starting your own business will be one of the highlights of your life. This workbook will remove the “scary” part of your decision. How? It will give you information, direction, and inspiration you need to move ahead without (much) fear. Maybe you have a long-held dream of starting your genius business. Maybe you’re trying to turn your “gig” into a business. Or maybe your boss has decided to downsize and you don’t fit anymore. No matter why you’re starting your business, you’ll be a lot more successful if you take it seriously from the start. Everyone wants to quit their job sometime. But when you want to quit your job all the time, then you don’t have any choice. This workbook is divided into three sets of tasks: Planning (before you leave your job); The Launch; and the First Year. There are 30-40 items you need to tackle at each stage. Thinking and planning about all these details will help you move quickly from a business idea to a profitable first year. This workbook was designed for anyone who feels the pull of self-reliance and self-employment. It’s also great for anyone who started their business in the last few years and is wondering if they did it right, but the real audience is the first-time entrepreneur. If you’ve never started a business before, you probably don’t know all the tiny details that need to be taken care of with regard to licenses, taxes, finances, banking, insurance, and all the other “stuff” you’ll need to take care of in your business. You’ll figure it out eventually (we all do), but life will be a lot easier if you figure it out before you make too many mistakes. Running a business is a never-ending balancing act. The world keeps changing. The tools change, the technology changes, and the customers change. You will make mistakes. And it’s always harder than it sounds like to non-business owners. But running your own business is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do.