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How to Start a Small Business in the US

Whether you’re starting your own small business from the bottom up or taking over an existing company, starting a business in the United States can be a thrilling opportunity.

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How to Start a Small Business in the US
in easy 8 Steps

1. Do market research to find your niche

Gather information about potential clients and companies already operating in your niche in your state. Get a  competitive edge for your business by using this data to guide your business strategy.

2. Write your business plan

The cornerstone of your business idea should be your business plan. It’s a road map you make to guide you on how to set up, manage, and expand your new company.

3. Fund your business

If you don’t have enough money in the bank to fund your start-up costs, you’ll either need to raise or borrow some capital to make it happen.

4. Decide on the business structure

The legal structure you choose for your company will influence your tax obligations and your personal liability. Choose wisely!

5. Select a name for your company

It’s not easy to come up with a name that feels like “the one.” You’ll want to make a choice that really sums up your brand and captures its inherent value. You’ll also want to make sure that someone else doesn’t already own the name.

6. Register your business

If you operate a company under a name other than your own, you’ll have to register this with both the federal government and your state government. You’ll also need to obtain federal and state tax IDs.

7. Open a business bank account

A small business checking account should help you keep your finances in order and address potential legal, tax, and day-to-day monetary challenges.

8. Open your business to the public!

Now you’re ready: start building your business by gathering inventory and get ready to welcome your first customers.

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What’s Your Dream Business?

There are basically endless possibilities when it comes to how to structure your business. But if you want to set yourself up for success as a first-time entrepreneur, you might want to settle on one specific type of business model, at least at first. Here’s some more information on basic models for popular business types (also known as verticals).

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Start Your Business Online

Starting a business online is faster and cheaper.
Transform it into an offline business later.

Try now

No credit card required

Go online

Start Selling Products & Services Online

You don’t have to worry about the office or warehouse if you choose to sell online. Save your time and money.

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Learn the basics

Starting an Online Store Business is Easy.
We’ll Show You.

So you’re ready to start selling online. Now the million-dollar question… where do you start?

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Read real stories

Get Yourself Ready
For Surprises

Check out our blog series all about starting an online store without prior experience. It‘s sort of like our own ecommerce reality show—starring Nicole.

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Find a product

Looking For Things
To Sell Online?

Discover best-selling products and how you can start selling them online and make money.

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Select sales channels

Catch Your Customers Where They Are

We’ll help you navigate through the market and find the most profitable channels.

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Start Your Business Online

Starting a business online is faster and cheaper.
Transform it into an offline business later.

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