Let me ask you something here? Do you have $14? Do you have about an hour of your time? And maybe a pen and a little bit of patience. Go to maps.google.com right now and look for your local courthouse area for the town you’re in for where they do business operations, specifically getting your DBA or Doing Business As.
Spend a couple of hours or 30 minutes thinking of a cool name that describes your services and that you can live with. Go to that local office with your $14, your pen, and your resolve; wait in line; sit down; fill out that form and say, “I want a business started today. Here is my money. Here is your form. What can you do for me?”
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Congratulations you started your business. Sure, it’s not some gigantic, fancy corporation but really and truly if you’re just testing things out and you have no real liabilities to worry about, that’s all you need.
That’s where I started out and it was the first step to saying to myself, “You know what? I need to stop coming up with reasons to saying no to starting my business and have more reasons to say yes. So, let me get this out of the way so I can focus on more about building the business instead of how to start it.”
So, when you’re asking when should you start it, I’m saying yesterday. Really and truly by the end of this week you could have a business. Sure, it’s a couple of extra steps to get a separate checking account for it and maybe your EIN number which is optional but still nice to have. Then wow, that’s three steps deep into having a brand new business. Trust me, starting the business is the least of any of the work or your worries.
So, to answer your question, start today. Start as soon as you can get over there and you can muster up a couple of bucks. Fill out the form and then start wondering and working on how to grow your business and to get out there and do more. That’s what you’ll spend most of your time focusing on and where you’ll see the biggest returns. Start your business, good luck out there, have a good one. Peace out.