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Understanding what to know when starting a business

There are several important things to know when starting a business that can help start things off on the right foot. Having the proper foundation for your business begins with business formation and planning and helps to lay a foundation for possible success. One of the most important initial steps in this day and age is to ensure that the entrepreneur starting the business owns the trademark and internet domain name for the business. Performing a thorough search is essential.

Secondly, it is important to understand how to best structure your business and how to keep it in compliance with the law and requirements of the business form you select. There are a variety of business forms to choose from, including a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, corporation and others. The best selection depends on the unique needs of the business and plans for its future growth. It is also necessary to understand the regulations, licenses and taxes that apply to the business.

Also important is to take personal considerations into account such as how much you will need to earn from the business and how much time you are able to devote to building it and achieving its success. Understanding the budget for the business, and having a plan to stick to it, is also useful when getting off the ground. There are a variety of legal and practical concerns associated with starting a business that new business owners should be familiar with.

The process of starting a business can be complex but it should not be intimidating. When new business owners educate themselves concerning the process of starting a business, they will be able to better position the business for success.

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

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