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How to Start a Business in Florida / Edition 288

How to Start a Business in Florida / Edition 288

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How to Start a Business in Florida is your roadmap to avoiding operational, legal and financial pitfalls and breaking through the bureaucratic red tape that often entangles new entrepreneurs. This all-in-one resource goes a step beyond other business how-to books to give you a jump-start on planning for your business. It provides you with: Valuable sample forms and letters on CD-ROM, Mailing addresses, telephone numbers and websites for the federal, state, local and private agencies that will help get your business up and running, State population statistics, income and consumption rates, major industry trends and overall business incentives to give you a better picture of doing business in Florida, Checklists, sample forms and a complete sample business plan to assist you with numerous startup details, State-specific information on issues like choosing a legal form, selecting a business name, obtaining licenses and permits, registering to pay taxes and knowing your employer responsibilities, Federal and state options for financing your new venture. Resources, cost information, statistics and regulations have all been updated. That, plus a new easier-to-use layout putting all the state-specific information in one block of chapters, makes this your must-have guide to getting your business off the ground.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932156300
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
Publication date: 12/01/2003
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.06(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.37(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Setting Up Your Business     1
Initial Business Considerations     3
The Entrepreneurial Archetype
Some Serious Self-Evaluation
Your Experience and Motivation
Methods of Getting into Business
Research, Research, Research
Successfully Marketing Your Product or Service     19
Public Relations or Marketing First?
Define Your Key Audiences
Build a Public Relations Strategy
How to Market Your Positive Image
Your Smart Business Plan     36
Get Help Before You Begin
Essential Components of a Smart Plan
Sample Business Plan
Obtaining the Financing You Need     78
Some Factors a Lender Will Consider
Basic Types of Funding
Lending Sources
Essential Finance and Accounting Methods     93
Types of Accounting Systems
Financial Accounting
Management Accounting
Accounting Documentation
Effective Human Resources Management     109
Alternatives to Hiring Employees
Your Company's Policies and Procedures
Employee Orientation
Monitoring Your Employees'
Performance Your Disciplinary Action Policy
Benefits Packages
Insurance Matters     133
What Is Risk Assessment?
Types of Insurance When You Have Employees
'Workers' Compensation Insurance
Shopping for Coverage
Setting up Your Office     147
Managing Your Incoming Mail
Avoiding the Telephone Traffic Jam
The Home-Based Office
Personal Information Managers
Selectthe Best Location
Operating in Massachusetts     165
Your Business Structure     167
Five Factors
Sole Proprietorship
General Partnership
Limited Partnership
General (C) Corporation
S Corporation
Foreign Corporation
Close Corpration
Professional Corporation
Not-for-Profit Corporation
Handling Corporate Formalities
Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Limited Liability Partnership
Legal Form Checklist
Business Start-up Details     184
Naming Your Business
One-Stop Center
State Licenses
Local County and City Permits
Registering to Pay Taxes
Start-up Details Checklist
Your Duties As an Employer     196
Fair Employment Practices
Reporting Wages
Anti-Discrimination Laws
Independent Contractors
Withholding Taxes
Safety and Health Regulations
Environmental Regulations
Employer Duties Checklist
Sources of Business Assistance     220
Federal Resources
State Resources
Private Sources of Help
Welcome to Florida     232
Get to Know the Demographics of Florida
Incentives for Doing Business in Florida
Research and Development, Financing, and Support Services
Forms You'll Need to Get Started     243
Federal Agency Contacts     273
State and Private Agency Contacts     280
State Loan Programs     286
Index     291

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