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
Business Improvement Loan Fund (BILF) Program
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 -