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Starting Up

The transition from great idea to a real business can be difficult and require navigating complex rules, regulations, and laws. Although many businesses can be run very informally, most significant businesses are covered by a patchwork of local, state, and federal rules, regulations, and laws designed to protect the owner, the customer, employees, and the government.

At each step of starting up your business, it is important that you understand the forces that may affect it positively (for example, grants, tax exemptions, and low-cost loans) and negatively (for example, liability, taxes, and competition).

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This may also be a good time to investigate how you will run your back office, because some of these people (accoutants and lawyers) can help with your planning now. For some ideas, see our discussion on the back ofice.

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