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Knowledge is power when it comes to business start-ups

For many Baton Rouge residents, planning to start a business is a great way to do something one loves and be their own boss. But it can be also be overwhelming for many. Starting a business can be stressful and can consume both time and money.

Throughout the process of a business start-up, advice can come from many sources. But there are a few important steps that anyone starting a business should know. One thing to remember is to trademark the name of the business and also the internet domain. It's also wise to know the law in the area of business. Making sure the taxes and licenses are in line is crucial.

Another factor that many overlook is paying themselves for their basic necessities, like shelter. Determining how much it takes to survive while the fledgling company is trying to get off the ground can make or break it. Entrepreneurs should also realize what sacrifices need to be made. A business does not run itself and owning that business will demand the brunt of the work. It's important to have a realistic idea up front of what one will be getting into; from missing family time, to nights out with friends. Finally, keep a reign on finances and do not overspend on unnecessary items. But also know when to spend.

If some of these points seem like they could present a challenge, one way to obtain guidance on the path to starting a new business is to consult with attorneys who specialize in starting companies and businesses. While it's certainly okay to look into the background on rules and regulations on one's own, checking with a legal professional can help in ensuring lawful compliance and avoiding unpleasant surprises along the way.

The process of starting a business can be daunting. And getting a new company off the ground can have its share of headaches. But with some help from knowledgeable sources, it can also bring dreams to life.

Source: Forbes, "Five Things You Should Know Before Starting A Business," Nicole Robinson, June 11, 2013

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