If you dream of starting a business, but fear that without an MBA you'll get lost in the maze of government red tape, here's the handbook you need. Step-by-step, The Small Business Start-Up Kit for California outlines how to set up a small business in the Golden State quickly and easily, pointing out the hurdles, fees and forms along the way. In language that is clear, readable and straight to the point, the book explains how to:
- choose the best business structure.
- write an effective business plan.
- file the right forms in the right place.
- be prepared for, and file, the required taxes.
- acquire good bookkeeping and accounting habits.
Before joining the editorial staff at Nolo.com, Peri Pakroo was the editor of two arts and entertainment weeklies -- The Stranger in Seattle and NuCity in Albuquerque -- both of which she helped launch with a scrappy crew of expatriates from Wisconsin, her home state. She took a break from publishing to go to law school, and received a law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1995. Bringing together her law and publishing experience, she began editing legal books for Nolo in 1996, specializing in small business issues. She is the author of Open Your California Business in 24 Hours, and has edited Nolo's Starting & Running a Successful Newsletter or Magazine, Music Law: How to Run Your Band's Business, and How to Write a Business Plan, among other titles. She lives with Juno, Kitty B and Turtle in San Francisco.