HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS

Step 1: Write a Business Plan - Map out how you will start and run your business successfully.

Step 2: Get Business Assistance and Training –Get your plan going with the help of experts

Step 3: Choose a Business Location – Find a location that fits your business type, demand and ordinances

Step 4: Finance Your Business – Have enough cash to survive the seen and unforeseen

Step 5: Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business – LLC, 501c-3 and a host of others

Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.

Step 6: Register a Business Name ("Doing Business As") - Register your business name with the Secretary of State.

Step 7: Get a Tax Identification Number - Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN)

Step 8: Register for State and Local Taxes – plus workers' compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.

Step 9: Obtain Business Licenses and Permits - required for your type of business.

Step 10: Understand Employer Responsibilities – employees and customers

GET RECYCLING SET UP FOR YOUR BUSINESS

Encourage your employees to explore alternative transportation options with Clean Air Campaign

Sources: Small Business Administration, City of Atlanta, State of Georgia

 

BUSINESS LOANS - To help you get started find

Government backed loans, venture capital and research grants 

SBA's Loans & Grants Search Tool

Phoenix Fund

Business Improvement Loan Fund (BILF) Program

 

INVEST ATLANTA

Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business. 

Small Business Development Center - Atlanta

Small Business Administration (SBA): "Create Your Business Plan"

 

City of Atlanta Business License

City of Atlanta Regulatory Permit Directory - 

City of Atlanta Building Permits and Inspections - 

City of Atlanta Sign Permit - 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Principal Designer - Myrna Fuller