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how to start a businessIt’s a common thing for people to sit down with their buddies and say, “Hey, I should create a [fill-in-the-blank] business I Have An Idea! Share Your Next Big Idea With These Brands & The World I Have An Idea! Share Your Next Big Idea With These Brands & The World Today, at least you won’t be subjected to the Roman Inquisition for suggesting that the Earth revolves around the Sun. You can cross an ocean with an idea. And maybe make a product or the... Read More !” That’s awesome, and it’s great that you’ve got an idea. Me? I’m not a business expert, but I’m actually in the same boat as a lot of the people who have those same thoughts. What I’ve learned is that it takes a lot more than just deciding to do something. You’ve got to actually do it, for one. Additionally, you’ve got to do it right.

So good on you for your realization that you want to start a business. However, now it’s time to take the initiative and make it happen. On my quest for resources to starting my own business, I’ve hand-picked three websites that simplify the process for those who just want an idea of what they need to do. These websites won’t tell you the in-depth knowledge you’ll need for getting in there as an entrepreneur Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume Your All-In-One Guide To Building The Perfect Resume Whether you just graduated, are returning to school or are looking for a new job, within or outside your career, you need a resume. But not just a resume. You need a great resume. One... Read More , but they will give you a good starting point.

How To Start An LLC

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From what I’ve gathered, LLCs seem to be the thing all the cool kids are doing these days. It’s kind of an all-purpose solution to legitimately establishing yourself as a business and keeping yourself safe as far as liability SyncToy: Microsoft's Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows] SyncToy: Microsoft's Simple Backup & Synchronization Solution [Windows] If you have files on your computer, you need to backup. Plain and simple. Many of us are familiar with backing up and there are lots of methods and programs to use. Another aspect that... Read More goes. Fortunately, this website by TRUiC will help you figure out how to set up an LLC according to your state.

The details are very simple and easy to understand, and I find this to be an incredible resource for those of us who have a service or product they want to sell but just aren’t savvy on the organizational side of business. With that said, I think this is an excellent step towards becoming savvy on that side.

r/SmallBusiness

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Reddit’s at it again with its own r/SmallBusiness, a subreddit with a mountain of resources providing details on how you can create your own money-making venture. What makes this resource great is that it is comprised of people, instead of exclusively stock text and content. With that said, there are a lot of articles posted on this site, but what makes it great are the eyes reading them. You’ll find a great deal of advice with Reddit alone from people who are at the beginning stages of their business or have already had years of experience, and I would say that the articles that are shared here are simply side items. The real meat is made out of the users.

As a note, I believe Reddit Presidential IAmA, Creepy Sounds, Subreddit Of the Week And More [Best of Reddit] Presidential IAmA, Creepy Sounds, Subreddit Of the Week And More [Best of Reddit] Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages; welcome to another fine edition of the Best of Reddit. On the agenda for today, we have a very special Presidential edition of the Best... Read More is the best resource for most anything on the Internet, and honestly, I’d say it’s better than Google when you are trying to figure out how to do something. With Reddit, you can search for an activity, hobby, or process, and you’ll be led to people who have done it before rather than just examples of those things. Just food for thought.

Other similar subreddits include r/Entrepreneur, r/Business, and r/Startups.

U.S. Small Business Administration

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The U.S. Small Business Administration is a decent resource for learning how to start a business. I’ve actually linked you to an article that simplifies the process into 10 steps. It’s a lot like the first site in this article, but it’s more general than just an LLC. However, you may want to do a little more digging into this website as a whole.

This site also connects you to resources both local and online which will aid you in your quest for profit. However, this isn’t the only thing it takes to create a business. You’ll have to put forth a little effort Get Inspired With TED's Top 20 Most Watched Videos [Stuff to Watch] Get Inspired With TED's Top 20 Most Watched Videos [Stuff to Watch] The non-profit organisation devoted to encouraging, spreading and broadcasting great ideas on the subjects of technology, education and design – more commonly known as TED – last month published their top talks of all time... Read More on your part.

Conclusion

Hopefully, these three websites are a great starting point for you and your financial endeavors. Unfortunately, they are meant for US readers only. However, I think that r/SmallBusiness and the SBA may be adaptable for your own adventures.

If you are outside of the US, do you have any good web resources for creating a business? If you have created your own business, what do you do, and how did you start going about it?

  1. POA Form
    November 14, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I used http://howtoformanllc.org to start my LLC and found their do-it-yourself videos to be very useful!

  2. Yashsquare
    September 19, 2012 at 4:46 am

    We are in the process of starting and looking up for various options, and finally registered the http://www.yashsquare.com and was wondering about what needs to be done next. While surfing I found your article, those resources you have specified were very useful for us and now we have got a clear picture of our business with these resources. Thanks for sharing. Yuvaraj

  3. Tom Bogan
    September 19, 2012 at 4:01 am

    I see that in my state I can do it myself and start my own LLC.

  4. Rich Mc.
    September 19, 2012 at 2:26 am

    Thanks for the great info, I have been wantinfg to staret a small online business and was having an awful time with so many fake sites that don't really tell you anything useful...

  5. xbalesx
    September 19, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Great resources...thank you Joshua. We started our business 2 years ago and we are always on the lookout for resources that we can utilize to educate ourselves.

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