Practical Startup Guides
Are you thinking of starting your own business but want to understand what is involved? This list of guidebooks offers practical tips and strategies (from varying perspectives) to consider before embarking on a journey of entrepreneurship.
Business Information Appointments
When in doubt, ask a librarian! Book an appointment to meet with a librarian and talk through your questions about starting a business. We can help point you to the resources and organizations that will be most helpful for your unique situation.View Business Information Appointments
Washington State Small Business Guide
This free Guide provides links to valuable resources, and outlines the steps for starting and operating a business in the state of Washington (available in six languages).View Washington State Small Business Guide
U.S. Small Business Administration Business Guide
The Business Guide from the U.S. Small Business Administration covers different areas of running a small business: how to plan, launch, manage, and grow your business.View U.S. Small Business Administration Business Guide
Online learning hub available for free with your Seattle Public Library account. Start with the Business Start-Up courses, and continue your learning path with hundreds of classes on topics such as management, accounting, and marketing.
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The Small Business Start-up Kit
Build a foundation for your business, online and off. Create and implement business and marketing plans. Comply with tax rules, including those affecting home businesses.
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Starting A Business
With all-new content and updates reflecting the latest laws, business climate, and startup considerations, Starting a Business All-In-One For Dummies, 2nd Edition , is the book you need if you're starting a business today. Inside, you'll find the most important practical advice you need to start any type of business from the ground up, distilled from 10 bestselling For Dummies business titles.
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SYOB/Start your Own Business
Start Your Own Business will guide entrepreneurs through the first three years of business: Avoid analysis paralysis when launching a business; Test ideas in the real world before going to market; Decide between building, buying, or becoming a distributor; Know what to consider when looking for funding from venture capitalists, loans, cash advances, etc.; Get tips on running successful Facebook and Google ads as part of a marketing campaign; Use micro-influencers to successfully promote your brand on social media.
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LLC or Corporation?
Deciding whether your business should be a LLC or a corporation has important legal and tax consequences. Mancuso provides real-world examples to help you make the best choice for your company.
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Legal Guide for Starting & Running A Small Business
Answers legal questions in plain English related to starting and running a small business. The sixteenth edition is completely updated with the latest legal information and tax rules.
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Legal Forms for Starting & Running A Small Business
Here you'll find the forms you need to start and grow your business. Each document comes with thorough, plain-English, line-by-line instructions to help you: write contracts, prepare corporate bylaws, prepare an LLC operating agreement, buy a business, hire employees and consultants, create noncompete agreements, protect your trade secrets, record minutes of meetings, lease commercial space, buy real estate, borrow or lend money, and much more.
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