Start My Business

Starting a business is complicated and intimidating. This free website will guide you through the process from start to finish.

Here's a list of what you'll need to do with links to each step:

  1. Choose a company structure
  2. Form a company in your state
  3. Prepare your company documents
  4. Obtain a tax ID number
  5. File an S election
  6. Register to pay taxes
  7. Set up finances
  8. Get insurance and a lawyer
  9. Bonus section: further reading

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