http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/rss/13571/feed en SEO Advice for my website http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/seo-advice-my-website I have a site Shiksha Salahkaar (www.shikshasalahkaar.com) which lists educational websites in India. I am planning to do some SEO for it but do not know where to start. Can anyone please suggest me something about SEO for the website? Thanks for any suggestions. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/seo-advice-my-website#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/820781 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:56:34 +0000 Shiksha Salahkaar 820781 at http://www.sba.gov new small business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business I have a temporary air brush tattoo business. I registered and received a business certificate from Westchester County NY but that is all I have. I am confused what my next steps should be. I will be participating in several fairs and carnivals this spring/summer/fall and I want to make sure I have completed the necessary steps for this business to be legal. I have worked for an entertainment company in the past and they have given me a 1099 but now I will be not be working for them at these fairs as I just have to pay an application fee to the event and all the other revenue is my responsibility. Please help. thank you. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-small-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/821001 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:30:31 +0000 dbi13@aol.com 821001 at http://www.sba.gov Business Plann http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/business-plann Hello, I am a nursing student and I have a paper on APN Professional Business Plan. I have no clue on how to process works. My professor has so much in here that I do not understand. Business proposed process for obtaining all anticipated registrations (i.e., Central Contractor Registration [CCR#]; Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment [CLIA#]; Commercial And Government Entity [CAGE#]; Dun & Bradstreet Number [DUNS]; Employer Identification Number [EIN]; Marketing Partner Identification Number [MPIN]; National Provider Identifier [NPI#] and Taxonomy Registration; North American Industry Classification System [NAICS#]; Small Business Administration [SBA#]; Standard Industrial Classification [SIC#]; Trading Partner Identification Number [TPIN]), if implemented. Can someone please guide me in a direction on how to get start on this. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/business-plann#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/819221 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:39:44 +0000 sweetbluegirl2013 819221 at http://www.sba.gov Building A Business Plan http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/building-business-plan-0 I would like to ask assistance in building a business plan. Larry Larrybelen@gmail.com http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/building-business-plan-0#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/820961 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:59:37 +0000 LARRYBELEN 820961 at http://www.sba.gov Non-Profit http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/non-profit-3 Does anyone have any experience or resources on staring a non-profit organization? - from ground up. Resources needed: legal advice forms that need to be completed resources for funding donations and how to acquire those who should you partner with when starting a non-profit etc.... Natalie Bernardin 661-800-8403 http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/non-profit-3#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/820631 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:59:03 +0000 Connect For Life Inc 820631 at http://www.sba.gov Start up advice http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/start-advice Hello all, I am a 21 year old entrepreneur. I am currently a full time student with no real source of income. I graduate in a year and I have what I believe to be a good business idea and I know me and my partners have what it takes to make it work. We have a bit to go before we try to fund the company but we are getting close. I'm worried my age and experience will hurt my chances, so I have to believe it will take a lot of effort to compete with established businesses. But say my idea will work, what should I do to overcome any disadvantages my age will cause? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/start-advice#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/812161 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:44:09 +0000 AJHopke 812161 at http://www.sba.gov How to start my business while working for a company http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-my-business-while-working-company I am working for a company currently, but wish to start my own business. My conflict is that my business is related to the company I work for now. I don't want to just quit, I would like to get a feel for my business and see if it is viable. Any tips on how to do this? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-start-my-business-while-working-company#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/810991 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:03:10 +0000 barcodexperts 810991 at http://www.sba.gov Start-Up Funding http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/start-funding-0 Hello, I have been in the search for a web developer or development company to design a website to launch my online business. It has been daunting as the costs to design a site are pretty steep. As a recent college graduate I do not have much to offer for collateral on a loan and I am skeptical about the idea of equity investing. I have come up with an idea and wanted to get feedback on what you all thought. In exchange for development of my site I would offer a percentage of the total revenue for the first year after launch(which is projected to be upwards of $150k+ based on the market), up to a specified max. The business that I plan on starting can be very lucrative depending on the site quality, which is why I need a great designer. Feedback on how to go about implementing this strategy would be very helpful, also if you know a great web developer that may be interested in such a deal I would greatly appreciate you passing the info along. Thank you, Curtis http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/start-funding-0#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/754468 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 07 Oct 2013 04:53:31 +0000 Curtisd09 754468 at http://www.sba.gov i want to be register my self as a real estate agent in US http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-want-be-register-my-self-real-estate-agent-us i want to be register my self as a real estate agent in US can any one tell me the procedure involved in it http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-want-be-register-my-self-real-estate-agent-us#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/814821 Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:00:03 +0000 kmkhyd2014 814821 at http://www.sba.gov Opening a comic book store http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/opening-comic-book-store <p>I&#39;m currently a student and my dream is to open a comic book store after I graduate. In the meantime, I&#39;m trying to quantify, as best I can, what my startup costs will be. I know it&#39;s impossible to get a specific number without having a location, but what else can I do to gain a better understanding of what I will need to really get going?I&#39;ve already contacted the supplier and they told me the typical inital order is around $6,000, what else do I have to take into account?</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/opening-comic-book-store#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/108721 Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 22 Jan 2012 04:15:55 +0000 fallscomics 108721 at http://www.sba.gov Naming my business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/naming-my-business I just started my graphic design company and the name of it is my last name. I have checked and there is another business that has the name. Will I run into legal issues? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/naming-my-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/814881 Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:47:52 +0000 Mont Designs 814881 at http://www.sba.gov Paint and Sip http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/paint-and-sip Hello, I am in the process of entering the paint and sip industry. I am wondering if it would be better to start out by opening my own studio or doing off site events at restaurants or bars. I know the business will flourish in the area; however, since I am starting, I know doing off site parties would save money on rent for the location and bring exposure to what could possibly be a centralized location. any advice? thank you! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/paint-and-sip#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/799961 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 27 Feb 2014 01:01:48 +0000 mjdiaz 799961 at http://www.sba.gov How do I Change my NAICS codes in system http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-do-i-change-my-naics-codes-system I am applying to become service-connected disabled vet owned business and during the process was told that my NAICS codes were incompatible. How do I get into my profile to change them? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/how-do-i-change-my-naics-codes-system#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/818341 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:21:57 +0000 lgersbeck@2ig-llc.com 818341 at http://www.sba.gov Do I need to file a DBA or register my small business? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/do-i-need-file-dba-or-register-my-small-business Hello everyone, I am currently in the process of starting up my own Digital Marketing Consultancy Firm. I am using the business name, 'Justin R. Burns Consultancy.' Do I need to file a DBA? I am aware if I do business under any fictitious name that a DBA is required. In addition, do I need to register my business or just file a Schedule-C when I do my taxes at the end of this fiscal year? Thanks, Justin. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/do-i-need-file-dba-or-register-my-small-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/816581 Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:08:20 +0000 jrburns 816581 at http://www.sba.gov Creating a business plan http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-business-plan I started filling out a business plan earlier today and would like to edit the information. How do I access the original form? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/creating-business-plan#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/811321 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:19:53 +0000 Catherine Lisa Widere 811321 at http://www.sba.gov shipping company http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/shipping-company Hi,, I am looking for some one to break down the steps needed to compleat an international company. here is the story so i can explain what i do or trying to do. *i am a citizen of the united states of america. *i live in north carolina *i have customers all over the middle east interested in buying stuff from america like bestbuy.com or amazon or ebay or wal-mart or sears or anything ( but as you know those companies cant deliver to ( Jordan or UAE or KSA or Bahrain..etc) thats where my company comes in. in order for them to be able to shop here from those countries. they regester with my company and i provide them with a USA address so they can use to ship those items too. and when i receive those items my company re-ships them internationally to them using ( usps, dhl...etc) so my company is really providing a service only which is ( middle man) or ( conector) .... *now after explaing what i am trying to do. i find it a little difficult to find out the steps needed to be done so i can be a legit company in the US. i am thinking since i dont serve the US at all and i only re-ship outside the US i should regestar as an (international company) but located in North Carolina). what do i need to do? thanks in advance http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/shipping-company#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/816241 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:54:57 +0000 elektrojo 816241 at http://www.sba.gov New business and registration/license http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-business-and-registrationlicense Hi everyone i would like to have some help, i have a screen printing business and i want to start selling my shirts and other misc items so i want to start selling at state fairs or other places such as a small kiosk in a mall or around a park. Mi question is that how can i find the right forms to register my store if i have to and to have a license to sell my stuff at this places, i have found so many forms and other information but nothing helpful and understandable i would really appreciate a lot your help. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/new-business-and-registrationlicense#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/814621 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:22:03 +0000 inkedshirt 814621 at http://www.sba.gov Business with location in multiple states http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/business-with-location-multiple-states I'd like to form an LLC in my home state with physical locations in other states. Is this possible? I will eventually have multiple locations throughout the country & I'd like them under one management company, please advise if this is possible http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/business-with-location-multiple-states#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/815141 Starting & Registering a Business Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:39:12 +0000 erikr7299 815141 at http://www.sba.gov Moving an S Corp from NY to FL http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/moving-s-corp-ny-fl My husband has an S Corporation he set up in NY many years ago. We recently moved to FL and would like to transfer the corp to FL. Can someone help me maneuver through the process? I looked up what I think is our best option: Create a new S Corp in FL and merge the two together. Does this seem like the best plan? I know we could close the NY corp and open brand new in FL, but we would lose our EIN and the credit history that comes with the old S corp. My tax consultant told me I can do it all through sunbiz.org, but I can't navigate the site to find what I need (plus I don't know what I'm doing). HELP, please! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/moving-s-corp-ny-fl#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/816161 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:32:47 +0000 Amyeye 816161 at http://www.sba.gov Food Truck http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/food-truck Hello my name is Anthony and would like to speak with some of the food truck or restaurant owners caterers and so on,basically anyone in the food industry. I really would like to find a mentor,but i am excepting wisdom from each direction. I am located in the Atlanta Georgia area. Thanks http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/introduce-yourself/food-truck#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/815991 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:10:35 +0000 beaty 815991 at http://www.sba.gov Are your Starting Carpet Cleaning Business? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/are-your-starting-carpet-cleaning-business <p>Consumers spent $4 billion in carpet cleaning in 2011, and it&rsquo;s estimated that they&rsquo;ll install another 14 billion square feet of carpet in 2012 The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) created a report on the industry in September 2013. Some of the statistics included were: There are over 40,000 carpet cleaning businesses in The United States. Over 69,000 people are working in the industry The industry makes annual revenue of $4 billion. Since 2008 till 2013, the carpet cleaning industry has seen a slide at -1.8%. All of which is going to get dirty and will need to be cleaned. Below are Plan for stating Your Carpet Cleaning Business. Learn the trad: Market Research about business Which are Your Targeted Area: Find Users and Competitors Create a Strong Business Plan Follow the Legal Process: Ref: The SBA has a list of each state&rsquo;s requirements <a href="http://www.sba.gov/content/obtaining-business-licenses-permits" title="www.sba.gov/content/obtaining-business-licenses-permits">www.sba.gov/content/obtaining-business-licenses-permits</a> Purchase or Lease Carpet Cleaners and Other Equipment: Lease Carpet Cleaning Equipment. Spread the word: Promote your business name in local market. Start Markting about Offers and Services. (<em>This post was edited to remove a link. Please review our <a href="http://community.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/introduction/welcome-your-community/community-best-practices" title="best practices">Community Best Practices</a> for more information</em><em> about how best to participate in our online discussions. Thank you.)</em></p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/are-your-starting-carpet-cleaning-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/782781 Starting & Registering a Business Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:34:11 +0000 laurenz 782781 at http://www.sba.gov Choosing executive titles for a new small business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/choosing-executive-titles-new-small-business <p>I'm looking for guidance on selecting job titles for a new small business.  For example, if I'm starting a company with 2 owners (1 has no day to day responsibilities) with no more than 15 employees (only 1 is a business manager and the others are non managerial), what is the appropriate title for the primary owner who will be wearing many hats?  Is it CEO, President, COO, etc?  Is it silly to have the title of CEO when you are a 2-15 person LLC or S corp with only one other executive/manager?  I'm leaning towards President but not sure of the business, marketing, and social impact.  Thanks.</p> <p> </p> <p>Will</p> http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/choosing-executive-titles-new-small-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/73801 Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 16 Aug 2009 14:32:34 +0000 newzee 73801 at http://www.sba.gov Balance Sheet http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/balance-sheet The tool for the balance sheet is asking to enter data for year 1 but it states that the value for cash in bank must match the cash flow cash positon Year 3. I'm confused. Why is that if the balance sheet is only for year 1? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/balance-sheet#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/370071 Starting & Registering a Business Wed, 28 Nov 2012 18:44:03 +0000 debbee44 370071 at http://www.sba.gov Home Based Baking/Cake Decorating http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/home-based-bakingcake-decorating I have been asked time and time again to open a bakery/cake decorating business. Baking and cake decorating are passions of mine and I would love to start something from home. I do not necessarily want a storefront. My only issue is knowing where to start. Should I register for a license first? Register a DBA? Get my tax stuff done? If I don't plan on getting a loan (I am very disciplined in saving money for starting up) do I need a business plan? Or just do one for myself for planning purposes? Any guidance for a step in the right direction would help, I appreciate it! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/home-based-bakingcake-decorating#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/798861 Starting & Registering a Business Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:23:21 +0000 CakeChik 798861 at http://www.sba.gov need help establishing trucking company http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-help-establishing-trucking-company greetings to whom finds this information interesting. I'm an enrolled member of a federal recognized tribe. I am also a veteran honorably discharged I have been employed my whole entire life and have a calling to start my own business but not quite sure where to begin I have attended a small 28-hour course in starting a small business I have the skills and knowledge in reference to the getting the job done now I need the business aspect of the industry of trucking transport. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/need-help-establishing-trucking-company#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/782651 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:33:47 +0000 don c. mckenzie 782651 at http://www.sba.gov Startup Costs vs Common Business Expense - which one is for me? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/startup-costs-vs-common-business-expense-which-one-me I purchased a business in October 2013 (owned by my dad, but I purchased it for $10), in which was then closed. During this time, I had an attorney draw up an Asset Purchase Agreement for the sale/transfer. With that came the usual paper work such as new Articles of Organization, Fictitious Name Filing, prep fees, licenses, as well as legal and professional fees. All this totaled about $1400. Can these items be deducted as a "Startup Cost" or just a common business expense? I ask because I noticed the deductions between the two types are very different (startup costs gives a larger refund). Thanks! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/startup-costs-vs-common-business-expense-which-one-me#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/812091 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:21:55 +0000 doss1 812091 at http://www.sba.gov Partnership in Two States http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/partnership-two-states My buddy and I are wanting to start a business together. He lives in NC, and I live in TN. The business will be online but will sell actual goods he and I manufacture out of our houses. We're stuck on how to get the business started correctly. Do we both need EIN numbers? If we create a general partnership, how do we handle taxes? Do we have to charge sales tax in both states for online purchases, since we live in both states? Any guidance you can provide is much appreciated. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/partnership-two-states#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/811911 Starting & Registering a Business Sat, 29 Mar 2014 04:18:24 +0000 bburress 811911 at http://www.sba.gov I want to start a home based business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-want-start-home-based-business My friend and I are looking to start a home based business and we have done research after research and we just don't know where to start. We don't know how to go about getting funding, registering our business, and anything else that we may need. I think we may need a mentor to walk us through everything but I don't know how to go about finding one either. We are really at a loss; please help. By the way, we are 20 year old college students in case that information was important. http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/i-want-start-home-based-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/798251 Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:17:25 +0000 Milleanne22 798251 at http://www.sba.gov Starting an equine based business http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/starting-equine-based-business I am wanting to start an equine based business that would have a riding facility as well as a tack shop. I would need to buy land for this business as well. Are there grants out there that would support something like this? How do I even start looking for them? Thank you for any help!! http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/discuss-popular-topics/starting-registering-business/starting-equine-based-business#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/801761 Starting & Registering a Business Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:28:04 +0000 cjensen63 801761 at http://www.sba.gov What are the assumptions for your break-even spreadsheet? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/what-are-assumptions-your-break-even-spreadsheet Is this break-even spreadsheet necessary? http://www.sba.gov/community/discussion-boards/what-are-assumptions-your-break-even-spreadsheet#comments http://www.sba.gov/crss/node/446471 Starting & Registering a Business Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:53:14 +0000 leesurenail123 446471 at http://www.sba.gov