LEGAL GUIDE
Written by attorney Thomas B James

10 Essential Legal Steps in Starting a Business

This is a brief overview of the 10 essential things you need to do when starting a business in the United States. This is not an exhaustive list. Depending on your particular situation, there may be other things you need to -- or should -- do.

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This is just a broad checklist of some of the key things to do when starting a business. It is not exhaustive. Depending on your particular situation, there may be other things you must or should do. Many resources are available. The Small Business Administration is a good resource. SCORE is another good resource for information. SCORE offers many workshops and seminars, both live and online, to help people who are starting a business, and in many areas they also have mentors who may be willing to offer one-on-one advice.

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