Starting your business is a busy time in any entrepreneur's life. Critical steps can be easily overlooked until you are well into the process. To help budding entrepreneurs in getting their businesses set up efficiently, legally, and soundly, here is a checklist of primary steps that every business needs to include.
This checklist assumes that you already have an idea for a business and are ready to make it real. If you are still at the stage of looking for the right business, take a look at Choosing the Right Business.
Given everything else is in place, here is a checklist of the basic areas you need to cover before opening your business:
Each of these areas needs careful consideration if your business is to become a reality and prosper. You may feel comfortable with managing some of these areas, but not others. Check out the links above for any of the areas that you are unsure about to learn more about how to handle that area of operating a business. The goal is to have a solid base for your business so that it can grow and you can be freed from unexpected problems in the future.