Starting a Business

Thinking about starting your own business? Being your own boss is an exciting challenge to undertake. To make it a little easier, here are a few ideas to help you get up and running.

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Taking your first steps toward opening your own business can be an exciting — and sometimes stressful. Here are a few ways you can work toward your business goals — and make it on your own.

Educate Yourself

Take advantage of business courses and training offered at nearby schools and professional associations. Learn as much as you can about opening a business. Better yet, try and build your network to find a mentor who can offer advice and lend support as you begin your journey to business ownership.

Create a Business Plan

Planning is the key to opening a successful business. Your business plan should project about five years ahead, and outline how you intend to grow into a solvent company. You'll want to include market analysis of your industry, a note about your business's organization and structure, information about your products and services, ideas for marketing and sales, and financial projections for the future.

Finance Your Business

Find the right loan or grant to get your business off the ground. Bank of Oklahoma offers different types of business loans and credit to help get you started. And, don't be afraid to look at alternate sources, like venture capital or business grants, if they're right for your business.

Take Care of Your Paperwork

Before you make your first sale, you'll want to be sure you're secure and legal. Determine which structure works best for your business, whether that's a sole proprietorship, a Limited Liability Company, a corporation, or something else. Then, go ahead and register your business name with your state and apply for a tax identification number from the IRS.

Get Started

With all those steps in place, you're almost ready to open your doors and get started. From here, follow your business plan to find a location for your business, hire employees, and start making sales. You can be sure you'll face challenges, but running a successful business can a source of remarkable pride and well worth the time you'll need to invest up front.

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