The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide


The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, written by the author of the bestselling The Small Business Start-Up Kit, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe -- from independent consultants to Fortune 500-seekers -- you’ll ...
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The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit, written by the author of the bestselling The Small Business Start-Up Kit, gives you the practical and legal information you need to kickstart a successful enterprise. In addition to a breakdown of the common issues and concerns facing women entrepreneurs of every stripe -- from independent consultants to Fortune 500-seekers -- you’ll find information and guidance on:
. choosing and developing the right business to live the life you want
. drafting an effective business plan
. programs that give government contracting preferences to women-owned businesses
. understanding and choosing a legal structure
. clearing the bureaucratic start-up hurdles
. taking your business online and developing an eBusiness
. financial management and tax basics for small businesses
. balancing work and family relationships
. hiring and managing employees
The Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit retains its focus on women’s business-related issues without devolving into stereotypes and never loses sight of the legal rules and fundamentals of starting and running your business. Plus, you’ll find downloadable forms for a partnership agreement, an application for your employer identification number, a cash flow projection worksheet, a billable rate calculator, and more.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Clearly details all the nuts and bolts of starting a business so often lacking in how-to books. A must-read before you launch.Lindsey Johnson, former National Director, SBA Office of Women's Business Ownership
The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit by Peri Pakroo is one of the best How-To business books I've ever read. It was so full of tips and instructions that I didn't feel that I had to go to any other source. I've always thought that Nolo's Business books were very useful, but with this one they have definitely surpassed themselves. I would recommend this to anyone even thinking about starting their own small business and in this uncertain economy, small business owners need all the help they can get. Kudos to Nolo and the author and thanks!
— Pam Headrick
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Let's Get Unbalanced: Digging into Work post by Peri Pakroo:
Work-life balance consistently ranks near the top of concerns for self-employed women. With kids in the mix, balance can be even more elusive. But sometimes the challenge isn't maintaining balance but finding a way to throw it to the wind (for a while).
Library Journal
Pakroo, an attorney and small-business expert, plumps up her earlier book, The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide (6th ed., 2010), by adding material that focuses on the unique needs of women entrepreneurs. Both books offer solid advice on crafting a business plan, designing a marketing strategy, choosing the appropriate legal structure, handling employment issues, and working with legal and financial professionals. In this new volume, Pakroo adds an opening chapter on work/life balance that discusses working with spouses, mixing business and children, and designing a business structure compatible with career and family goals. She covers the challenges of home-based businesses; considers financial, tax, and health-care considerations for women; and provides a list of agencies that serve women in business. There are tips, anecdotes, and practical insights from a number of accomplished women entrepreneurs on such topics as business travel with children and creative ways to reduce child care costs. The accompanying CD includes extended interviews and a collection of financial forms and worksheets. VERDICT There is enough distinctive material here to justify owning this as well as Pakroo's other title, at least in larger public libraries. Newly entrepreneurial women will appreciate this source.—Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413317220
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/4/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 536
  • Sales rank: 678,639
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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 (, 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 & 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 ( 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 co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at 

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Table of Contents

1. Crafting a Solid Business/Life Fit
2. Targeting a Profitable Market With a Winning Idea
3. Making the Financial Transition to Self-Employment
4. Drafting an Effective Business Plan
5. Understanding and Choosing a Legal Structure
6. Your Business Location: Working From Home or Renting Space
7. Dealing With Start-Up Requirements and Bureaucratic Hurdles
8. Getting the Word Out: Cost-Effective Marketing
9. E-Business: Conducting and Marketing Your Business Online
10. Keeping Your Books and Managing Your Finances
11. Federal, State, and Local Tax Basics
12. Building Your Business and Hiring Employees and Other Workers
13. Lawyers and Accountants: Building Your Family of Professionals

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