It’s not as hard to start a small business as you may think. In today’s high tech world it’s much easier than you might think, you just need to know a few key points and in no time you will have your small business up and running!
Getting a small Business Loan:
If you don’t have a little cash set aside you might want to think about applying for a small business loan. If you have good credit it is usually very easy to apply and you don’t have to jump through all the hoops and the paper work is usually very minimal.
You can find reputable firms online and most do not charge an application fee. Most times if you qualify for an unsecured loan you will find out within a day or two if you have the loan and what steps to take next.
If you don’t want to use your own personal assets then this is the best way to go, especially if you are looking for between $10,000 and $100,000.
Next you will want to decide if you want to incorporate your business or not. There are pros and cons to this so make sure you do your homework and find out what will be best for you.
The best part of being incorporated is that your business is not attached to your personal assets. This means that business owners personal property won’t be part of any lawsuits or creditors associated with your personal assets or property. The tax benefits are also a plus when you are incorporated because corporations are taxed at a lower rate and credit ratings are established for the business and not based on an individuals credit rating.
You can do this online or go to a business lawyer, the information you will need to have on hand are the state you are incorporating in and what type of corporation you will be establishing. For example are you applying for a Basic Corporation, S-Corp or LLC.
You will then need to apply for a Tax ID Number. This again is fairly easy.
Tax ID Number:
Also known as the EIN or Employer Identification Number, it is a 9 digit number that is assigned by the IRS to any type of business (partnership, corporation, sole proprietorship etc.) You will need this tax id number for all business transactions, filing your taxes, banking etc.
You can also apply for your Tax ID online, it’s a simple process and usually takes approximately 5-10 minutes.