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

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

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About the Author

Before joining the editorial staff at Nolo, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413307566
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 03/22/2008
Series: Small Business Start-up Kit (W/CD) Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 10.88(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Peri Pakroo ( is a business author and coach, specializing in creative and smart strategies for self-employment and small business. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for more than 20 years. She is the founder, publisher, and editor of Pyragraph (, an online career magazine for artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, writers, and other creative workers worldwide.
Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. 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,.

Table of Contents

1. Working for Yourself Is Easier Than You Think

2. Choosing a Legal Structure

3. Picking Winning Business Names That Won’t Land You in Court

4. Choosing a Legal and Lucrative Business Location

5. Drafting an Effective Business Plan

6. Pricing, Bidding and Billing Projects

7. Federal, State and Local Start-Up Requirements

8. Risk Management and Insurance

9. Paying Your Taxes

10. Entering Into Contracts and Agreements

11. Bookkeeping, Accounting and Financial Management

12. Building Your Business and Hiring Workers

13. Getting Professional Help


A.State Contact Information

Small Business Start-Up Issues

State Tax Agencies

State Sales Tax/Seller’s Permit Agencies

LLC Offices

State Unemployment Compensation Agencies

B. How to Use the Forms CD-ROM

C.Tear-Out Forms

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