Start a Business in Florida


Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do-as well as one of the most overwhelming. To ensure the future success of your enterprise, take the time to properly establish yourself right from the start. Let Start a Business in Florida help you start your dream business headache and hassle-free.
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Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting things you will ever do-as well as one of the most overwhelming. To ensure the future success of your enterprise, take the time to properly establish yourself right from the start. Let Start a Business in Florida help you start your dream business headache and hassle-free.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781223014241
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006

Meet the Author

Mark Warda received his JD from the University of Illinois. He has written or coauthored over seventy-five self-help legal books, including The Complete Book of Personal Legal Forms. He runs a busy law practice in central Florida.

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books xi
Introduction xv
Chapter 1 Deciding to Start a Business 1
Know Your Strengths
Know Your Business
Sources for Further Guidance
Chapter 2 Choosing the Form of Your Business 17
Basic Forms of Doing Business
Start-Up Procedures
Foreign Nationals
Business Comparison Chart
Chapter 3 Naming Your Business 25
Fictitious Names
Sample Fictitious Name Notice
Corporate Names
Professional Associations
The Word Limited
Domain Names
Chapter 4 Preparing a Business Plan 35
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Business Plan
Outline for Your Business Plan
Sample Business Plan
Chapter 5 Financing Your Business 49
Growing with Profits
Using Your Savings
Borrowing Money
Getting a Rich Partner
Selling Shares of Your Business
Understanding Securities Laws
Using the Internet to Find Capital
Chapter 6 Locating Your Business 57
Working Out of Your Home
Choosing a Retail Site
Choosing Office, Manufacturing, or Warehouse Space
Leasing a Site
Buying a Site
Checking Governmental Regulations
Chapter 7 Licensing Your Business 63
Occupational Licenses and Zoning
State-Regulated Professions
Federal Licenses
Chapter 8 Contract Laws 69
Traditional Contract Law
Statutory Contract Law
Preparing Your Contracts
Chapter 9 Insurance 75
Workers' Compensation
Liability Insurance
Hazard Insurance
Home Business Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Health Insurance
Sales Tax Bonds
Employee Theft
Chapter 10 Your Business and the Internet 81
Domain Names
Web Pages
Legal Issues
Hiring a Website Designer
Financial Transactions
FTC Rules
Chapter 11 Health and Safety Laws 97
Federal Laws
Florida Laws
Chapter 12 Employment and Labor Laws 105
Hiring and Firing Laws
New Hire Reporting
Employment Agreements
Independent Contractors
Temporary Workers
Discrimination Laws
Sexual Harassment
Wage and Hour Laws
Pension and Benefit Laws
Family and Medical Leave Law
Child Labor Laws
Immigration Laws
Hiring Off the Books
Federal Contracts
Miscellaneous Laws
Chapter 13 Advertising and Promotion Laws 135
Advertising Laws and Rules
Internet Sales Laws
Email Advertising
Home Solicitation Laws
Sample Notice of Cancellation
Buyer's Right to Cancel for Home Solicitation
Telephone Solicitation Laws
Pricing, Weights, and Labeling
Price Gouging
Deceptive Practices
Buyer's Right to Cancel for Shipped Goods
Chapter 14 Payment and Collection 151
Credit Cards
Financing Laws
Chapter 15 Business Relations Law 159
The Uniform Commercial Code
Commercial Discrimination
Restraining Trade
Commercial Bribery
Intellectual Property Protection
Chapter 16 Endless Laws 167
Federal Laws
Florida Laws
Chapter 17 Bookkeeping and Accounting 177
Initial Bookkeeping
Computer Programs
Tax Tips
Chapter 18 Paying Federal Taxes 181
Income Tax
Withholding, Social Security, and Medicare Taxes
Excise Taxes
Unemployment Compensation Tax
Chapter 19 Paying Florida Taxes 189
Sales and Use Taxes
Unemployment Compensation Tax
Tangible and Intangible Property Taxes
Income Tax
Excise Taxes
Chapter 20 Out-of-State Taxes 195
State Sales Taxes
Business Taxes
Internet Taxes
Canadian Taxes
Chapter 21 The End...and the Beginning 199
Glossary 201
Appendix A Business Start-Up Checklist 209
Appendix B Sample, Filled-In Forms 211
Appendix C Blank Forms 229
Index 281
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