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The Small Business Start-Up Kit: A Step-by-Step Legal Guide Paperback – March 12, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1413310993 ISBN-10: 1413310990 Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 6 edition (March 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413310990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413310993
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #713,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peri Pakroo is a business and communications consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for 20 years. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a strategic consulting and communications firm that develops information-rich media for web, print, video and other formats. Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is the author of The Women's Small Business Start-Up Kit, The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions) and Starting and Building a Nonprofit ( all from Nolo), and has been featured in numerous national publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investors Business Daily, and BusinessWeek. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is a co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance. Visit Peri's blog at www.peripakroo.com.

More About the Author

Peri Pakroo is a business and communications consultant, specializing in legal and start-up issues for businesses and nonprofits. She has started, participated in, and consulted with start-up businesses for 20 years. She owns and runs P-Brain Media (www.pbrainmedia.com), a strategic consulting and communications firm that develops information-rich media for web, print, video and other formats.

Peri received her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1995, and a year later began editing and writing for Nolo, specializing in small business and intellectual property issues. She is the author of the top-selling Nolo titles The Small Business Start-Up Kit (national and California editions) and Starting and Building a Nonprofit, and has been featured in numerous national and local publications including Entrepreneur, Real Simple, Investors Business Daily, and BusinessWeek.

Peri teaches adult education courses at WESST (www.wesst.org) in Albuquerque, a nonprofit whose mission is to fight poverty by facilitating entrepreneurship among women and minorities in the state of New Mexico. She is active in supporting local, independent businesses and is a co-founder of the Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance (www.keepitquerque.org).

Customer Reviews

Anyone who is starting a small business, or already has an established small business should read this book.
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"The Small Business Start-Up Kit" by Peri H. Pakroo, a NOLO guide, is everything you need to get started in a business.
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This book is filled with useful "tips", "cautions" and "examples" that makes it fun to read and easy to understand.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2010
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As much as I like this book it is not exactly "everything you need to start a small business." On the other hand it is a well written and comprehensive guide that really does use plain English to explain a lot of obtuse steps and pitfalls. You will almost certainly need more professional help than you can get from this book, but this book does a pretty good job of guiding you to the help you need and avoiding the help you don't. That can translate into a lot of saved attorney's fees right off the bat. One less billed hour from your attorney will pay for this book. In that sense if you are starting a new business this book is pretty much free.

The author is a law-school grad and business consultant who specializes in working with startups. She has written and edited other books for Nolo. All this comes out both the clarity of the writing and the command of the subject matter she clearly has. The book does a good job of covering all of the basics, and starts wisely with the most important topic: picking the right legal structure (which can save you a lot of pain later in the process). She moves on from there and touches on everything from taxes to marketing. Along the way you will find areas where you need to dig deeper, either with professional help or by getting additional guides (which Nolo of course, is happy to sell you). Nolo has been in this business for 40 odd years and stands out as one of the best in these business of "business self-help" books. One I would suggest as a companion to this is their excellent "How to Write a Business Plan" guide. This book has a section on business plans, but if you are going to be pitching your business to potential investors you're going to need more.
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Nolo's The Small Business Start-Up Kit - A Step-by Step Legal Guide is a complete guide for Small Business (and Business in general). This book is filled with useful "tips", "cautions" and "examples" that makes it fun to read and easy to understand. This book doesn't tell you what business to open, or what product and services to offer, but it pretty much cover everything else that you need to know about operating a small business. It also covers all the important forms and documents (tax forms, contract templates, EIN application, partnership agreement, buy-sell agreement entity classification etc). Many more relevant forms and document templates are in the CD-ROM (CD-ROM included). Some basic business financial planning are also covered such as cash flow projection, profit/loss forecast, break-even analysis, etc. I would recommend this book for current small business owners (who want to manage their business better) and for people who are thinking to open a small business.

Here's the content of this book:
1. Choosing legal structure (SoleProp,Partership, LLP, LLC, S Corp, C Corp)
2. How to pick a good business name (including choosing web domain name, and understanding Trademark Law and registration)
3. Pick the right location and complying with zoning laws
4. How to create an effective business plan (describing your business, making financial projection and analysis, raising money, etc)
5. How to price, bid and bill projects
6. How to comply with federal, state and local business start-up requirement
7. Managing risk (Insurance, warranties, risk management strategies, lawsuit)
8. Paying tax (income tax for different legal structures, sales tax, city and county tax)
9. Special condition and restrictions for home based business
10.
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This is one of the best guides Nolo publishes. It is exquisitely plain-spoken and easy to read, and 99% of the advice is unimpeachable. The framework for deciding what form your business should take is excellent and accurate. The guide contains highly detailed plain English explanations of income, payroll, sales, and state and municipal tax implications, right down to the tax treatment of the sale of a home that was used partly for business.

That is a deep discussion of the subject matter, and it's thoroughly painless, as is the explanation of how to determine whether people who work for you are employees (for whom you must withhold and pay various taxes) or independent contractors. Again, it's extremely well-written and to the point, with an easy-to-follow structure.

I docked one star from the review for two reasons. One, the book is supposed to have forms, and it does, but they are not particularly helpful forms. Many of them are easily found on web search engines and free to download from government websites. The forms are still helpful, but you do not get much guidance as to when you will need more forms than what you have and where you will be able to find them.

The second reason I did not give this book five stars is that it fils to mention some of the potential pitfalls of the advice it gives. For example, the author advocates for businesses to draft employee handbooks and refers the reader out to another Nolo publication. A sample included on the forms cd-rom would have been helpful, but even more helpful would have been mentioning that using an employee handbook can create, and has created, more problems than it solves for employers who (a) cannot draft clear text and (b) do not always follow their own rules.
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