Any business owner knows there’s a lot involved in starting a business. There’s choosing what kind of business entity you should be; renting commercial property; paying payroll taxes; setting up a business bank account; marketing…The list goes on, and it seems like every time you master one thing, something else pops up. And while you certainly could spend years online researching everything a small business owner needs to know, you want the information now.

NASE Startup Kit

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has released its Startup Kit to help its business owner members quickly access a wealth of information in a single resource. “The NASE decided we would amass our 30 years of knowledge on starting a business into an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow resource, and that’s how our Startup Kit was born,” said Kristie Arslan, President and CEO of NASE.

The result is a substantial document covering 10 things new business owners need to know, such as:

  • Choosing the right business structure
  • Setting up a DBA (Doing Business As)
  • Paying self-employment tax
  • Funding a business

There’s a thorough checklist at the end of the kit that helps users make sure they manage all of the tasks necessary to get a business up and running.

Creating New Jobs, One at a Time

While the self-employed numbers aren’t climbing as much as you might expect, given the unemployment rate, Arslan feels confident that starting new businesses is the key to economic prosperity:

“We firmly believe that encouraging self-employment and nurturing startups will help us out of this economic downturn.  We like to stress over and over again that someone who is self-employed does create a job – their own.”

Where to Get the Kit

Currently the Startup Kit is available only to NASE members (and everyone is invited to join), although NASE is offering a free preview chapter to people who like its Facebook Page.

From Small Business Trends

Want to Start a Business? Get NASE’s Startup Kit