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

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

by Peri Pakroo
     
 

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Approximately eight million U.S businesses are currently women-owned, and the number is growing at twice the national average for all businesses. As one of the millions of aspiring female small business owners, you know that there are specific issues and questions that need to be addressed when you’re setting up shop.
 
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Overview

Approximately eight million U.S businesses are currently women-owned, and the number is growing at twice the national average for all businesses. As one of the millions of aspiring female small business owners, you know that there are specific issues and questions that need to be addressed when you’re setting up shop.
 
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 a partnership agreement, an application for your employer identification number, a cash flow projection worksheet, a billable rate calculator, and more.

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

AThirstyBlog.com
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
Mamapedia voices - www.mamapedia.com
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781413317220
Publisher:
NOLO
Publication date:
05/04/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

What People are saying about this

Connie Evans
Any woman thinking of creating her own job by starting a business should have Peri Pakroo's book."
Connie Evans, CEO, Association of Enterprise Opportunity
Joan Pedzich
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 ssues, 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.
Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach PLLC, Rochester, NY, Library Journal
Nell Merlino
"For all those women who keep saying to themselves, 'I think I can, I think I can,' with this excellent book, now they can."
Nell Merlino, Founder and CEO, Count Me In for Women's Economic Independence
Sara Gould
"An essential road map for any woman considering entrepreneurship."
Sara Gould, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation for Women
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

Agnes Noonan
"A must-read for any woman thinking about starting a business."
Agnes Noonan, Executive Director, Women's Economic Self-Sufficiency Team (WESST)
Patricia Harris
"A valuable tool that will assist women in making sound and sustainable decisions when beginning a new business venture. A must read for the aspiring entrepreneur."
Patricia Harris, Executive Director & CEO, The Edge Connection, Women's Business Center at Kennesaw State University, Coles College of Business
Amy Swift Crosby
"Don't even think about starting a business without reading this book."
Amy Swift Crosby, Founder, SMARTY, A Resource for Entrepreneurial Women
Lindsey Johnson
"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

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 & 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 co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at www.peripakroo.com. 

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