Starting a Business is Hard, But Help is Available

Business Incubators like the Carbondale Technology Transfer Center are a great place to start and grow your business. Scroll through the pages on this website to see all that we offer.

You also want to explore what is available through the University Of Scranton Small Business Development Center:

http://www.scrantonsbdc.com/

The Scranton Chamber also has several programs you should get to know about. They also have two business incubators that may be a good fit for certain types of businesses:

http://www.scrantonchamber.com/entrepreneurs/

Making sure that your business starts off on the right foot with the government is a crucial task and can avoid business and personal financial and legal problems later. Investigating what will be required of your business is an important pre-launch step. A few of my favorite sites are:

PA Website

https://www.pa.gov/guides/starting-a-business/

IRS Website

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/checklist-for-starting-a-business

While you might think Accountants & Attorneys are too expensive for your start-up business, what you don’t know, and they do, can hurt you. Ask a few what they would charge for an initial consult and pick the one whose price and responsiveness seem like a good fit for you. If you have a friend in one or both of these professions that is always a good place to start. If any offer free initial consultations, please let this blog know.

And don’t forget a good business insurance agent. Talk to the one you already work with for personal insurance to see if they can help on the business side. An agent you can trust to guide you in the process of getting adequate coverage at a reasonable price is a valuable advisor. Starting your business and waiting to get insurance later is a risky business.

Starting a business is hard but at the most basic level, it involves simple math and reasonable communication skills. While the various types of businesses all have complexities of their own, with the proper help, you can select one that will make your dream of owning your own business a reality.

 

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