Create A Business Plan Does not need to be fancy or complicated
Forming A Business
Business License - Contact City Hall
Allows you to conduct business legally
DBA (doing business as) - Contact County Clerks Office
Have a professional image and operate and advertise under your own business
Publish DBA - Small Local Newspaper
Put others on notice that your business exists and they should not conduct business using a similar name
Sellers Permit - If Engaging in Retail Sales
Register by contacting the Board of Equalization
Allows you to collect taxes from customers, which you in turn pay to the state
Federal Tax ID# (EIN) - Used to Identify Business Entity
Apply online www.irs.gov - Free service by IRS
Forming A Business
Bank Account - Get Checking Account and Debit card
Important step for creating business identity
Create a Free website - To Get Business Noticed
Go to www.webs.com follow easy step by step instructions
Create Free Email Account - Gmail or Yahoo
Allows customers to contact you
Create Paypal Account - To Accept Payments via Credit Card
Link Paypal account to bank account www.paypal.com
One click can deposit funds from Paypal account into your bank account
Create Shipping Account -
To ship your orders and track them online go to www.usps.com
They provide packaging and will pick up packages from you for free
Know Your Target Market
Who are they?
Where are they?
How old are they?
What do they want?
Why would they buy your product?
This is the group you want to sell your product or service to specifically Be specific - zero in on who your real customers are or could be. This will save you time and money in future marketing efforts.
Create a Company Slogan -
Create Free Business Cards - Go To www.vistaprint.com
Include your name, business name, website, slogan, & email
Join Social Networking Sites - www.facebook.com
Spreads the word about your business
Create a Blog - Keep Everyone Informed About Your Business
Start a blog about your business on www.blogger.com or www.wordpress.com
Participate in Blogs - Free Publicity
Participate in blogs that relate to your business (be proactive). Go to the about page or contact page of that blog and email them about your business. Ask if they’ll mention your website on their blog.
Marketing is everything you do to get your product or service in the hands of potential customers!
Create Articles About Your Business Online - Exposure
Go to www.digg.com & www.reddit.com to drive traffic to your website
Create Account on Ning.com - Free Interactive Membership Site
Ning is like facebook except you get to create it for yourself and your business and it’s easy to find for people who are interested in what you do www.ning.com
Post on Craigslist.com - Free Advertising
Create a Youtube Account - www.youtube.com
Upload videos talking about your business
Invite customers to give video testimonials
Create a Twitter Account - www.twitter.com
Talk about the latest news with your business
List Your Business on Local Search Engines - Free Service
Yahoo local, Google local, Bing.com, Hofrog.com, Superpages.com, Yelp.com
Build a reputation for impeccable service
Respond to emails immediately
Process orders immediately
Make good on your word
Word of mouth is still the cheapest form of advertising
8 Things You Can Do Now!!!
Pick out a name from your business
Create a free website
Create email account
Start Facebook, Twitter
Start blogging about your business
Create buzz on digg.com & reddit.com
Create account on Ning.com
Create free business listings:
Yahoo Local, Google Local
How To Run A Profitable Business Online By: Nina Mesina [email_address] www.contessabags.com www.chicacharms.com