1. What basic skills do I need to run a business?
2. What business should I choose?
3. What do I need to start my business?
4. How long will it take to start a small business?
5. How can I get my business certified as minority or women owned?
6. What insurance should I have?
7. Do I need to obtain a Federal Identification Number?
Starting a business can be challenging and previous business experience can be an important success factor. First hand knowledge of business and its four functional areas – management, operations, marketing, finance – and an understanding of the role of technology, contribute to a solid foundation and provide a basis for making informed business decisions.
Business experience is a plus, and the right kind of experience gives you an edge. Having worked in the industry you choose for your new business gives you insight and know-how that can be invaluable. Combine your background in the industry with strong management skills and you are on your way to success.
The Texas Road Map to Starting a Business contains directions to get your business off the ground and help strengthen our state economy along the way. This booklet covers eight essential steps to starting a new business.
Federal, state and local government agencies as well as large private sector corporations have different eligibility requirements and application processes for certifying your business. The common denominator is that the business MUST be at least 51% owned and controlled by one or more individuals who are eligible for certification. Consult your target customer to determine which certification(s) they accept. Then, learn the requirements and rules to determine if you are eligible to apply.
An important aspect of your business is a well-planned insurance program. Types of insurance you should consider are:
• Property Insurance
• Liability Insurance
• Product Liability Insurance
• Automobile Insurance
• Workers' Compensation
• Disability Insurance
• Business Interruption Insurance
• Health Insurance
• Life Insurance
Sole proprietorships without employees can use the proprietor's social security number as a business identification number, providing the proprietor uses his or her own name for the business. Using a different name and/or hiring employees requires obtaining a federal identification number from the Internal Revenue Service (Form SS-4, Application for Employer Identification Number).