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Ultimate Guide to Starting Your Business

By JamieD
Published: August 10, 2010

Everyday we get questions in the community about starting a specific type of business. In response to the most popular inquires, w;ve written articles that give steps and tips on starting and operating these of business. We cover everything from trendy new ventures like cupcakeries and dog treat businesses to-old faithful- like travel or consignment businesses. Below w've compiled a list of our best'how t' guides to starting a business in many popular industries.

Food and Restaurant

The food and restaurant industries account for a large portion of our users inquires. Starting a business in this field takes a lot of effort but can offer large rewards. If yo're interested in getting into this field, try one of these popular options:

Starting a Cupcakery or Food Service Business - During one of the worst recessions in U.S. history, a little sugary confection - the great American cupcake - is proving to be an unexpected fast food market opportunity for many entrepreneurs. If yo're thinking of starting a cupcakery' or another food service business' this article details the typical steps yo'll encounter.

Starting a Fast Food Business - If you're looking to start a restaurant, a fast food business may be a viable option. This article helps you understand the start-up process addressing everything from concerns on potential health risks of fast food to preparing a business plan and seeking investors.

Starting a Dog Treat Business - Americans are predicted to spend almost twice as much on food for their pets in 2010 as they do on vet bills - it's no wonder that many entrepreneurs are turning their passion for their furry friends into dog bakery or pet bakery business opportunities. This article covers the basics to starting up this trendy new business.

Starting an Organic Food Product Business - Organic food production is now the fastest growing and most profitable segment of American agriculture. Whether you are new to organic farm production or wish to scale your existing operation, this article is a primer of some of the key federally mandated standards for the production, handling and retailing of certified organic food products.

Starting a Restaurant Franchise - Buying a restaurant franchise is a great alternative for entrepreneurs who may be reticent about starting or investing in their own independent restaurant business. This article provides the best articles, resources and tools to provide an A-Z checklist about how to start a restaurant franchise and make it a success.

Starting a Home-Based Food Production Business - If it is your passion to reap the rewards of your culinary skills by starting an at-home catering or food business, you can find yourself at the center of a very rewarding form of business ownership. Here are five steps that will help you comply with the rules and regulations that govern home-based catering or food production businesses.

Starting a Food Concession Business: Part 1, Part 2 - Starting and operating a food concession business offers many entrepreneurs a relatively low cost entry way into business ownership. This article offers business advice and regulatory fundamentals that will help get you started and on your way to successful and responsible concession stand ownership.

Healthcare and Service

Whether you operate a day care center that enables parents to continue working or offer transportation for those that would otherwise be unable to seek medical attention, you're providing a valuable service to the community. If you're looking to break into this important and profitable field, consider one of these potential opportunities:

Starting a Child Care Business: Part 1, Part 2 - As the number of working parents climbs, more families require child care services. Child care businesses come in all sizes, from small child care homes to large commercial centers. If you are interested in starting a child care business, follow these steps to help you plan and manage your business.

Starting a Fitness Center - If you are interested in starting a fitness business and serving this growing market - here are some pointers that can help you take the first steps towards owning your own fitness center.

Starting a Halfway House or Transitional Housing Facility - If you're looking for a successful business venture that also gives back to the community, this may be the right opportunity for you. This article gives a brief overview of the steps to take to start your own temporary housing service.

Starting a Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Business - Non-emergency medical transportation. What is it? How do you get started? What special considerations are there? This FAQ guide for answers to these questions and more on starting and operating a non-emergency medical transportation business.

Reselling and Retail

One of the most common reasons for starting a business is to sell a particular product. If you're looking to get into the reselling or retail industries, consider what would be the best way to get your product out there by examining these common choices:

Starting a Consignment Business - If you're thinking about entering the world of resale consignment, this article provides a quick overview of the consignment business and steps to take to start your own shop.

Starting a Reselling Business - From beauty products to Google Apps to reselling consignment on eBay - the opportunities for becoming a reseller are endless. Follow these tips if you're interested in starting a reselling business.

Starting a Retail Business - Given the right amount of market research, business planning, and financial support, starting a retail business and joining the more than 24 million people who earn a living this way can offer many rewards to the right kind of entrepreneur. These are steps that you will need to open and operate a successful retail operation.

Starting a Business at Fairs, Garage Sales, Flea Markets, and Craft Shows - Small businesses - especially artists, craftsmen, and those selling homemade goods - take advantage of temporary vendor opportunities to bring in sales without the overhead expenses of a commercial lease or utilities. Starting up a successful - and legal - vendor business means that you have to do more than just set up a folding table of merchandise; there are rules and regulations that need to be followed.

Starting an Online Business - Starting a Web-based business - and making it a success - will take more than just getting online. This article details tips and best practices that can guide you through these steps - with all your check boxes ticked.

Transportation and Construction

For those who like to work with their hands rather than behind a desk, starting a business in a transportation or construction field may be just what you're looking for. Learn more about these growing fields:

Starting a Trucking Business - It's a common necessity for commercial goods and products to be moved to a new city or state creating a great opportunity for new transportation businesses. Save yourself time, money, and energy by thoroughly researching the industry before you jump in.

Starting a Parking Lot Business - If you're thinking about starting a parking lot business, this article provides an overview on how to start a valet, lot construction, or striping business - and the unique aspects of the industry that require extra attention.

Starting a Construction or Home Improvement Business - Despite the recession, the construction industry, in all its forms, still offers more entrepreneurial opportunities than many other industries. If you're interested in starting or growing a construction, home improvement or general contracting business, here are some business and regulatory basics that you need to be aware of.

Travel and Leisure

When someone looks to start a business, it's not uncommon to try and turn a hobby into your job. If you consider yourself someone who likes to mix business with pleasure, consider breaking into one of these lucrative fields:

Starting a Gaming Business - To help small business owners that deal with gambling or gaming operations, or are considering joining the field, we've provided a basic list of resources that will help you understand the regulations of this highly regulated industry.

Starting a Travel Business - Everyone loves to travel - and travel businesses are the ultimate way to turn a hobby into a career. This article gives requirements and tips for those who are considering entering this highly competitive field.

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What an awesome list! I've picked up a number of books to read that have a breakdown of good small businesses to start, but it's nice to see that there's a comprehensive list actually coming from the SBA. Thanks!

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