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Overview

Simplify the Start-Up Process

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 Pennsylvania help you start your dream business headache and hassle-free.

Learn how to:
- Develop a Complete Business Plan
- Register with State Authorities
- Establish a Proper Tax Payment System
- Market Your Business for Success

Essential documents you need to:
- Create a Brand-New Business
- Avoid Problems with the IRS
- Hire Employees
- Comply with State and Federal Regulations
- And much more . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572485617
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Legal Survival Guides
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Desiree Petrus received her J.D. from Ohio Northern University. She is a member of the bars in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

Mark Warda received his J.D. from the University of Illinois in Champaign. Licensed in Florida, he has written or co-authored over seventy-five self-help law books.

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Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books-
Introduction -

Chapter 1: Deciding to Start a Business -
Know Your Strengths
Know Your Business
Sources of Further Guidance

Chapter 2: Choosing the Form of Your Business -
Proprietorship
General Partnership
Corporation
Limited Partnership
Limited Liability Company
Limited Liability Partnership
Making Your Choice
Start-Up Procedures

Chapter 3: Naming Your Business -
Fictitious Names
Corporate Names
Professional Corporations
Trademarks
Domain Names

Chapter 4: Preparing a Business Plan -
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Business Plan
Outline for Your Business Plan
Gathering Information
Sample Business Plan

Chapter 5: Financing Your Business -
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 -
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 -
Occupational Licenses and Zoning
State-Regulated Professions
The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs
Federal Licenses

Chapter 8: Contract Laws -
Traditional Contract Law
Statutory Contract Law
Preparing Your Contracts

Chapter 9: Insurance-
Workers' Compensation
Liability Insurance
Hazard Insurance
Home Business Insurance
Automobile Insurance
Health Insurance
Employee Theft

Chapter 10: Your Business and the Internet-
Domain Names
Web Pages
Legal Issues
Hiring a Website Designer
Financial Transactions
FTC Rules
Fraud

Chapter 11: Health and Safety Laws -
Federal Laws
Pennsylvania Laws

Chapter 12: Employment and Labor Laws -
Hiring and Firing Laws
Firing
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 -
Advertising Laws and Rules
Internet Sales Laws
Email Advertising
Home Solicitation Laws
Telephone Solicitation Laws
Pricing, Weights, and Labeling

Chapter 14: Payment and Collection Laws -
Cash
Checks
Credit Cards
Financing Laws
Usury
Collections

Chapter 15: Business Relations Laws -
The Uniform Commercial Code
Commercial Discrimination
Restraining Trade
Intellectual Property Protection

Chapter 16: Endless Laws -
Federal Laws
Pennsylvania Laws

Chapter 17: Bookkeeping and Accounting -
Initial Bookkeeping
Accountants
Computer Programs
Tax Tips

Chapter 18: Paying Federal Taxes -
Income Taxes
Withholding, Social Security, and Medicare Taxes
Excise Taxes
Unemployment Compensation Taxes

Chapter 19: Paying Pennsylvania Taxes -
Sales and Use Taxes
Miscellaneous Business Taxes
Personal Property Taxes
Unemployment Compensation Taxes
Income Taxes

Chapter 20: Out-of-State Taxes -
State Sales Taxes
Business Taxes
Internet Taxes
Canadian Taxes

Chapter 21: The End...and the Beginning -
Business Resources

Glossary -
Appendix A: Business Start-Up Checklist -
Appendix B: Sample, Filled-In Forms -
Appendix C: Blank Forms -
Index

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