Start a business in California with the best step-by-step guide available!
If you dream of starting a business, but fear that without an MBA you'll get lost in government red tape, this is 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 essential 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
This edition is includes the latest forms and legal information that your business needs, including the latest sales tax rates by county, California-specific registration forms, and fees. Plus, read expanded discussions on using technology to manage bookkeeping, how social media can be used to promote your business, and employing the latest techniques in search engine optimization to drive traffic to your website.
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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.
1. Working for Yourself Is Easier Than You Think
2. Choosing a Legal Structure
3. Picking Winning Business Names That Won't Land You in Court
4. Choosing a Legal and Lucrative Business Location
5. Drafting an Effective Business Plan
6. Federal, State and Local Start-Up Requirements
7. Insuring Your Business
8. Getting to Know Your Taxes
9. Entering Into Contracts and Agreements
10. Bookkeeping, Accounting and Financial Management
11. Growing Your Business and Hiring Workers
12. Getting Professional Help
A Resources and Contact Information
B How to Use the Forms CD-ROM
C Tear-Out Forms