STEP 2 – Become official and get all your ducks in a row.
First make sure you know the differences between a corporation and a Limited Liability Company (which I explain in the link), and decide on a designation for your business. FYI: If you’re considering starting a “Partnership” with another party, you should keep in mind that consulting with an attorney is highly recommended.
Next, make your business official. Brace yourself; you’re going to have to spend some time on sunbiz.org. Like all government websites, it’s a little behind the times and sometimes slow and frustrating to navigate – but all the information and forms you need to start your small business should be there.
Good news is, on the sunbiz site you can e-file for your business right there on the spot without too much hassle or time wasted. Just make sure you don’t rush into anything without knowing the rules, regulations and requirements of the type of business you’re venturing into.
Here’s a helpful list of resources they have for Starting a Small Business in Florida.
Last, keep all of your start-up documents and information – like your Employer Identification Number (EIN) – recorded and organized in at least two different places: Keep all of your important business-related documents and files electronically on your computer, and also keep hard copies of all of your information in a folder or filing cabinet at your home or office.
If you missed it, here’s STEP 1 of the “3 Essential Steps for Starting a Small Business in Florida – By Heidi S. Webb Attorney at Law.” And make sure you don’t miss out on STEP 3, which contains links to helpful, free resources for business owners in the Volusia County/Daytona Beach area.
If you need the services of a small business attorney or the advice of a trusted lawyer as you establish your company or organization, contact Heidi S. Webb Attorney at Law to set up a free consultation.