10 Steps to Starting a Business

Starting a business involves planning, making key financial decisions and completing a series of legal activities. These 10 easy steps can help you plan, prepare and manage your business. Click on the links to learn more.

Use these tools and resources to create a business plan. This written guide will help you map out how you will start and run your business successfully.


Take advantage of free training and counseling services, from preparing a business plan and securing financing, to expanding or relocating a business.
Select a customer-friendly location that suits your business and ensure that you comply with zoning laws. To verify zoning for a location, call (770) 471-2304
Find government backed loans, venture capital and research grants to help you get started.
Decide which form of ownership is best for you: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, S corporation, nonprofit or cooperative.


Register your business name with your state government.
Learn which tax identification number you’ll need to obtain from the IRS and your state revenue agency.


Register with your state to obtain a tax identification number, workers’ compensation, unemployment and disability insurance.
Get a list of federal, state and local licenses and permits required for your business.


Learn the legal steps you need to take to hire employees.


Tax guide for small business: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p334.pdf