How to start a small business on 2024

1. Create a Business Plan:
This should include a description of your services, pricing, target market, and how you plan to attract and retain customers.

2. Register Your Business:
You need to register your business with the state and your local government. This often involves filing a Certificate of Assumed Name or DBA (“doing business as”) with the local county clerk’s office where the business is based.

3. Obtain Necessary Licenses and Insurance:
Depending on the nature of your business, you may need specific licenses or permits. For example, in New York State, it’s mandatory to have a license for working in the landscape industry¹⁴. You also need to get business insurance.

4. Get Your Federal Tax ID:
Also known as the Employer Identification Number (EIN), you can apply for it through the IRS¹.

5. Purchase Equipment and Supplies:
For a landscaping business, you’ll need tools like a water table saw, demolition saw, compactor, and generator. For a house cleaning service, you’ll need cleaning supplies and equipment.

6. Establish Reliable Suppliers and Partnerships:
This is especially important for a landscaping business where you might need a steady supply of plants, fertilizers, etc.

7. Develop Effective Systems and Processes:
This includes operational processes, customer service protocols, and more.

8. Build a Strong Client Base:
This involves marketing your business effectively to attract customers¹.

Remember, the requirements can vary from county to county, so it’s important to check with your local county or city government to find out the specific requirements for your business⁹. It’s also advisable to consult with a business advisor or attorney to ensure you’re meeting all legal requirements. Good luck with your new venture! 😊