Starting a Small Business

Steps to Starting a New Business

What starts as a dream can become a reality but you have to know where to begin. No one just stocks a few items in a building, throws open the doors, and watches while the customers just pile in. Starting a business takes a lot of hard work and careful planning. The following steps will help to get you started in the right direction.

Initial Considerations

Before you start your business there are some initial questions you will want to ask yourself:
  • What are your personal objectives and goals?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What skills, interests, and personal qualities will you be able to bring to a business?
  • What type of business do you want to start?


  • Anatomy Of a Business Plan : the step-by-step guide to building your business and securing your company's future Pinson, Linda |  2008 (658.022 PIN)
  • Business Plans for Dummies by Paul Tiffany and Stephen D. Peterson | 2005 (658.4012 TIF). Covers each step of the planning process for creating a great business plan. Discusses planning basics, financing, marketing, legal issues, and more.
  • Business Plans Handbook Series by Gale Publishing | 1993 - 2008 (eBooks) Actual business plans compiled by, and aimed at, entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses. Presents sample plans taken from businesses in the manufacturing, retail and service industries which serve as examples of how to approach, structure and compose business plans. 
  • Business Plans that Work for Your Small Business by the editors of Toolkit Media Group | 2008 (658.4012 BUS) Business Owner’s Toolkit Series. Provides step-by-step guidance through the process of writing a tailor-made business plan for a small business. Includes sample plans, practical tips, checklists, and business documents.
  • How to Write a Business Plan by Mike McKeever | 2008 (658.15224 MCK)
  • How to Write a Great Business Plan for Your Small Business in 60 Minutes or Less by Sharon L. Fullen and Dianna Podmoroff | 2006 (658.1141 FUL) Covers all aspect of writing a business plan in detail. Topics covered include the market analysis summary, researching the plan, sample business plans, and the business overview.
  • Seven Step Business Plan by Sheila Holm | 2007 (658.401 HOL) Offers a quick and easy summary of how to design a comprehensive business plan. Covers topics such as leadership, financial plans, mission statements, and marketing plans.
  • The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Writing Business Plans and Proposals by K. Dennis Chambers | 2008 (658.4012 CHA) Text shows how to be persuasive in two key business skills: writing proposals and writing business plans. Includes expert advice, examples, and practical guidance geared toward the entrepreneur / small business owner.
  • The One Page Business Plan by Jim Horan | 2007 (658.4012 HOR) Shows how to write a draft business plan on a single sheet of paper in less than two hours. Includes sample plans, one page budget worksheets, and form templates.
  • The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan by Tim Berry | 2008 (658.401 BER) Practical guide shows how write an easy, modern business plan that will evolve as your business does. Covers tailoring a plan to your company, avoiding business mistakes and pitfalls, saving time and resources, and more.

Writing the Business Plan

There are two main purposes for writing a business plan:
  • It will provide a roadmap for the direction of your business and
  • It will serve as a financing proposal to secure funds from banks and investors.


  • Ultimate Small Business Advisor Andi Axman | 2007 (658.022 AXM)
  • Steps to Small Business Start-Up Linda Pinson and Jerry Jinnett | 2006 (658.111 PIN)

Money, Money, Money

Now that you have created a business plan, it's time to go get the money to make it all happen.


  • How To Get The Financing For Your New Small Business Sharon L. Fullen | 2006 (658.15224 FUL)
  • The Entrepreneur's Guide to Raising Capital David Nour | 2009 (658.15224 NOU)
  • Woman Entrepreneur's Guide to Financing a Business | 2005 (eBook from Gale Virtual Reference Library)


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