Make sure to meet all federal tax requirements for starting a business. Each state has additional tax rules when you start and operate a business. Learn more about business taxes, including energy tax incentives that can help you save money.When starting your own business, you’ll need proper insurance coverage to make sure you are protected.Learn about a wide range of funding options to help start your business, such as government-guaranteed loans, grants, and other financial assistance.
Local SBA partner organizations offer free access to mentors and trainers.
The following tips and checklists can help you with other important parts of the process.
Note: The federal government never charges a fee for information about, or applications for, government jobs.
You can search and apply for federal government jobs for free at USAJOBS.
Are you thinking about basing your business out of your home?
The Small Business Administration's 10 Steps to Start Your Business includes the licenses and permits you need to run a home-based business.Find out what kinds of business insurance you’ll need.Learn about health insurance plans to cover you and your employees, including the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP).Several federal agencies have a dedicated office to help small businesses get more information about contracting with their agencies.Search for an Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) to find an agency your business would like to learn more about working with.If you’re interested in selling to the government, you can find a wide range of special government contracting opportunities from the Small Business Administration (SBA).This includes programs to help women-owned small businesses and small disadvantaged businesses compete in the marketplace.Learn how to apply, and find out which documents you will need to submit.You can also find VA-certified business counselors in your state for free help.If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a home office tax deduction.Learn what to watch out for to avoid work-at-home scams.