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    If you are ready to start your small business and turn your dreams into a reality, make sure you have the right business documents. In California, there are several key steps to launching your business successfully. Depending on the type of business you are going to start, the process may vary. Where you choose to conduct your business will also influence your permits and taxes. Therefore, you should check specific rules and regulations within the county and city you want to conduct business in. Having the correct business documents filed and set is a great way to start out on the right foot.

    Steps to Take Before Starting Your Business

    Before filing your business documents, conducting market research is critical for success. You should identify factors such as potential competitors and other matters that may affect your business. In addition, you will also want to identify how much it will cost to establish your business. Once you have done some research, you can create a business plan. A business plan is the blueprint for your new venture. It gives a timeline of the stages your business will go through as you operate. A well-thought-out business plan is essential for successfully starting and staying in business. For tips on how to create a business plan can be on the Small Business Administration website: If you later decide your business plan needs to change, you can simply revise your plan.

    Getting Your Business Going

    Now that you have done some research and have a business plan, it’s time to continue. Funding your business is costly and might require personal financial resources. Fortunately, there are programs that help small businesses get on their feet. Once you have the appropriate funding, you should choose your entity type and business name. Required business documents may differ depending on your entity type. Next, you should register your business with the California Secretary of State whether it’s a corporation, LLC, LP, or LLP.

    Misc. Business Documents You May Need

    If you would like to run your business under a specific name — a fictitious name — you will file certain documents with the county clerk/recorder where your business is located. Before officially starting your brick-and-mortar business, check with your local city or county for zoning regulations. Checking this can avoid any unexpected complications with your business’ location later. Once you have done all this, you will need to obtain the necessary permits and licenses to conduct business. More information on this process and specific information on certain documents can be found here.