The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California

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If you dream of starting a business, but fear that, without an MBA, you'll get lost in the maze of government red tape here's the handbook you need.

The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California outlines how to set up your enterprise in the Golden State quickly and easily, pointing out the hurdles, fees ...

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Overview

If you dream of starting a business, but fear that, without an MBA, you'll get lost in the maze of government red tape here's the handbook you need.

The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California outlines how to set up your enterprise in the Golden State quickly and easily, pointing out the hurdles, fees and forms along the way. Clear and straight to the point, the book explains how to:

  • choose the best business structure
  • write an effective business plan
  • file the right forms in the right place
  • price, bid and bill your projects
  • draft and use contracts, online and off
  • manage your finances
  • be prepared for, and file, required taxes
  • reach customers online
  • and much more

The 7th edition is completely updated, and includes new chapters on e-business and doing business from home. It also covers the latest California-specific business information, including sales tax rates by county, registration forms and fees. Updated forms and business-planning spreadsheets are included on CD-ROM.

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Editorial Reviews

Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
The perfect one-stop publication for any group or individual that wants to start a business.
Los Angeles Times
Excellent advice... for would-be small-business owners, and heeding it can help you avoid many early mistakes.
Reference & Research Book News
Provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a small business in California and guiding it safely through its first year and beyond.
San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California puts all the California-specific information you need to begin your business -- right at you fingertips.
San Francisco Examiner
A good-to-have, step-by-step guide to starting a business in California: Forms, licenses, business plan, taxes and more.
StartupJournal.com
An excellent resource for beginners... written specifically for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in California.
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""Provides step-by-step instructions for setting up a small business in California and guiding it safely through its first year and beyond.""  Reference & Research Book News

“Excellent advice … for would-be small-business owners, and heeding it can help you avoid many early mistakes.” Los Angeles Times

“An excellent resource for beginners.... written specifically for entrepreneurs who want to start their own business in California.” startupjournal.com

“A good-to-have, step-by-step guQuote 2ide to starting a business in California: forms, licenses, business plan, taxes and more.” San Francisco Examiner

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Meet the Author

Peri Pakroo is a business and communications consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for 20 years. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a strategic consulting and communications firm that develops information-rich media for web, print, video and other formats. Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995. She is the author of The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions) and Starting and Building a Nonprofit ( all from Nolo), and has been featured in numerous national publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investors Business Daily, and BusinessWeek. Peri teaches adult education courses at WESST (www.wesst.org) in Albuquerque, a nonprofit whose mission is to facilitate entrepreneurship among women and minorities in the state of New Mexico. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is a co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at www.peripakroo.com.

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Table of Contents


1. Choosing a Legal Structure
2. Picking a Winning Business Name
3. Choosing a Business Location
4. Drafting an Effective Business Plan
5. Pricing, Bidding, and Billing Projects
6. Federal, State, and Local Start-Up Requirements
7. Risk Management
8. Paying Your Taxes
9. Laws, Taxes, and Other Issues for Home Businesses
10. Entering Into Contracts and Agreements
11. Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Financial Management
12. Small Business Marketing 101
13. E-Business: Selling and Marketing Online
14. Planning for Changes in Ownership
15. Building Your Business and Hiring Workers
16. Getting Professional Help
Appendixes
A. California Small Business Resources and Contact Information
B. How to Use the Interactive Forms
C. Interactive Forms for California Businesses
Index
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