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Simplified One Page Business Plan (PDF version)

Simplified Business Plan Basic Questions to Answer before Starting a Business  Download guide to read more. Read more
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Resources

The Resources section of How to Do Business in San Luis Obispo contains a listing of websites such as Chambers of Commerce, SBA lending banks, County offices and City offices.... Read more
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Appendices (Financial Documents)

Determining the Cost of Opening Your Business The following are some of the things you must consider before opening your business: Down payment on purchase, or deposit on the... Read more
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Writing a Business Plan

Have you actually written down your business ideas?  If you have not, it is essential that you do so. The process of writing your business plan forces you to take an objective... Read more
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Utilizing Outside Assistance

Some organizations which specialize in providing assistance to small businesses are discussed here:  Download Guide to read more. Read more
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Attracting, Hiring, and Keeping Good People

There are basically two kinds of people—those who justify failure and those who know success. On which kind of person would you stake the future of your business?          Your... Read more
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Insuring Your Business

Before starting the business you should thoroughly investigate business insurance. Often, small businesses ignore the importance and necessity of insurance until they have... Read more
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Understanding Taxes

For any type of small business, different types of federal, state, and city taxes must be paid. Records must be kept that provide information needed to determine your tax... Read more
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Accounting for Your Business

Good record keeping — a constant and detailed knowledge of expense, income, and profit or loss — is the first step toward the profitable management of your business.  Download... Read more
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Financing Your Business

Financing is one of the most important aspects of starting a new business. Your ability to provide and raise adequate capital will determine the fate of the business venture.... Read more
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Structuring Your Business

The legal structure of your business can take four basic forms:  Sole Proprietorship Partnership ("Limited" or "General") Corporation, S or C class Limited Liability Company (LLC... Read more
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Marketing Your Business

As you determine your business potential you should ask the following questions: Is there a need for your business? Will your business be able to survive the competition?  Once... Read more

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