Checklist for Starting a Business
The checklist below provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business. This list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business.
Information about specific industries can be found at the Industries/Professions Web page.
Each state has additional requirements for starting and operating a business. For information regarding state-level requirements for starting a business, please refer to your state's website.
Refer also to the Small Business Administration's Steps to Starting a Business.
- Apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) if applicable
- Select a business structure
- Choose a tax year
- If you have employees have them fill out Form I-9 (PDF) and Form W-4
- Pay your business taxes