Introduction: Congratulations, You Want to Start A Business

Starting a new business may seem really scary, but it’s not. Yes, it will require lots of hard work and huge sacrifices of time, money, and effort. But, starting it and getting it off the ground really boils down to following a series of steps and doing them right. 

The steps for starting a business are pretty much the same no matter what industry you’re in. Things change when you get down to the details, but every business starts with an idea, requires market research and customers,  must establish a brand, get funding, set up a legal structure, and launch a product and/or service.

Without these steps, you may have created a new hobby, a new job, or a future failed investment, but what you haven’t done is started a business.

To help you start a business and make sure you do it right, here’s a checklist of the steps you need to take. From the beginning—your idea—to the end—launching or selling it to someone else.